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Sexual crimes in London ‘at record numbers’

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New figures reveal that the Metropolitan Police recorded a record-breaking number of sexual offences last year.

Victim Support, a charity organisation, has expressed serious concern over the national record high of sexual offences for the second consecutive year. The charity has urged the government to prioritise measures to tackle the issue of violence.

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, the Metropolitan Police recorded a total of 25,144 sexual offences in the year leading up to December 2022. This marks a record high since comparable records began in the year to September 2007.

According to recent data, the number of sexual offences recorded in the past 12 months has increased. The figure has risen from 23,703 offences in the previous year and from 20,097 offences in the year leading up to March 2020, before the pandemic.

Last year, England and Wales saw a significant rise in sexual offences, with a total of 189,700 cases recorded. This marks a 19% increase from the previous year, prior to the implementation of Covid-19 restrictions, and is the highest level of sexual offences recorded to date.

Last year, police forces recorded over 697,500 stalking and harassment offences, according to recent figures.

According to recent data, the numbers for the past year were consistent with the previous year, but showed a significant increase of 44 percent when compared to the year before the pandemic, which ended in March 2020.

Last year, the number of stalking and harassment offences in London increased from 52,884 before the coronavirus pandemic to 62,183.

Diana Fawcett, chief executive of the charity Victim Support, said: “We are seriously concerned that sexual offences have reached a record high for the second year in a row.”

According to Ms. Fawcett, the charity has observed a 33% surge in cases referred to them as compared to the pre-pandemic period. These statistics indicate the current scenario of the charity.

“Tackling this insidious violence needs to be the government’s top priority, alongside ensuring all victims are treated with respect and given support to recover,” she added.

Labour’s shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the figures “show the grim truth that crime is going up and prosecutions and community penalties are going down”.

Under a Conservative government, a woman has claimed that “more criminals are getting away with it and more victims are being let down”.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the latest figures may be influenced by various factors, such as the effect of prominent events, media attention, and advocacy on individuals’ readiness to report incidents to law enforcement, as well as a possible rise in the number of victims.

It added: “While violence and sexual offences recorded by the police have exceeded pre-pandemic levels, theft offences and robbery remain at a lower level despite increases over the last nine months.”

In a recent report, it has been revealed that the total number of police recorded crimes in England and Wales has surpassed the levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic. As per the report, a staggering 6.6 million crimes were recorded in 2022. This marks a significant increase in crime rates and highlights the need for increased measures to ensure public safety. The report has also raised concerns about the impact of the pandemic on crime rates and the challenges faced by law enforcement agencies in dealing with the situation.

According to recent data, the figure for the year ending March 2021 was 11% higher than the previous year.

In 2022, the Metropolitan Police reported a total of 865,593 crimes, which is a decrease from the pre-pandemic figure of 903,866.

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