Bexley hate crimes increase by almost 60 per cent in 2012

PUBLISHED: 09:30 12 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:30 12 April 2013

Hate crimes in Bexley increased by almost 60 per cent last year.

A council meeting heard on April 4 that there were 205 such crimes in 2012 compared with 131 in 2011, an increase of 56 per cent.

The figures relate to crimes which are motivated by religious or racial hostility.

New police borough commander Supt Peter Ayling said: “I would like to think that part of that increase is the result of increased confidence to report crimes in the minority communities in the north of the borough.

“Part is due to new definitions and part to the way offences are flagged.”

Burglary rose 14 per cent and domestic crime 11 per cent, but homicides fell 80 per cent and robbery 35 per cent.

The statistics say Bexley is still the safest London borough – just one homicide in 2012 compared with five in 2011.

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