Issue 285, Friday 25 January 2013 - 13 Rabi' al-Awwal 1434
Racist hate crimes almost doubled in Croydon
Racist hate crimes almost doubled in Croydon last year despite crime being down overall, 2012 statistics reveal.
Although the total number of crimes across the Borough was down 0.8 % on the previous 12 months, offences categorised as Racist and Religious Hate Crime are now being committed five times a week – a rise of 90 %.
A total of 32,422 crimes were recorded for Croydon in 2011, according to the latest figures, compared with 32,170 for 2012, a fall of 252 offences – the exact same number of Racist and Religious Hate Crimes recorded for 2012, up from 132 for 2011.
The police have attributed the rise to a “growing willingness” of victims to report hate crime.