Gun Crime Drops Five Per Cent Since Last Year
12th February 2015
Annual crime statistics issued today (12 February) by the Office for National Statistics show a five per cent drop in recorded gun crime last year.
In 2013/14 (1st April 2013 to 31 March 2014), there were 7,714 offences in which firearms were involved, a five per cent decrease compared with 2012/13. The figures relate to England and Wales.
Firearms continue to be involved in a very small proportion of total police recorded crime (0.2%).
Deputy Chief Constable Dave Thompson, ACPO lead for Criminal Use of Firearms, said: "This is encouraging news and we will continue to tackle gun crime in our communities. The firearms surrenders carried out by police forces last year helped to remove thousands of guns from circulation; weapons which could have fallen into the hands of criminals.
"I want to reassure the public that there is a lot of hard work going on to remove the threat of firearms in our towns and cities and we will continue to try and prevent crime as well as lock up offenders."
The number of offences involving firearms has been falling year-on-year since its peak in 2003/04 (when 24,094 offences were recorded) and the latest figure of 7,714 offences represents a fall of more than two-thirds (68%) since then.
There were 29 fatalities resulting from offences involving firearms in 2013/14; one fewer than the previous year and the lowest figure since 1980. People aged between 15 and 34 made up a disproportionate number of those of seriously or fatally injured from offences involving firearms (78% of the total, while constituting just 26% of the population as a whole).
NABIS, the National Ballistics Intelligence Service, work with police forces across the UK to analyse ballistic material and build up a picture of the threat of gun crime. NABIS can offer fast time intelligence to police and other crime agencies following a firearms incident.
Head of NABIS is Detective Chief Superintendent Jo Chilton. She added: "The decrease in gun crime is good news. However NABIS will not be complacent on this issue, we will continue to work with forces and law enforcement agencies to reduce the risk posed from firearms to our communities."