Amount of Homicides in UK is falling

Numbers released on 13 February 2014 by the ONS (Office for National Statistics) show a fall of committed homicides over the years in England and Wales.

Numbers starting in 1996 for the first time show that there have been two times more male victims than female ones.

The percentage of male homicide victims of total homicides is 68, 68 per cent whereas the percentage of female homicide victims of total homicides is 31,72 per cent.

Amount of Homicides in UK is falling

The number of average male victims is 490 and the average number of female victims is 227.

Which once again shows that men are more likely to become a victim of a homicide in the UK.

In 2002/2003 there is a freak occurence.

Suddenly in that year the total amount of victims rises up to 944.

The amount of male victims is not at its highest peak with 537 victims whereas the number of female victims is very high in that period of time compared to other years reaching its highest point at 407.

What happened in that year ?

That occurence can be explained by the fact that there has been a serial killer killing several people which were then counted to that serial killer in that year.

Well known and popular doctor Harold Shipman from the british town Hyde had killed several people. Many of his victims were his own patients.

Nearly 80 per cent of his victims were elderly women.

Number of Homicides is falling

But ultimately it can be said that the number of homicides committed in England and Wales is falling as the numbers clearly show.

In the last two recorded time periods 2011/2012 there were 529 homicides whereas in 2012/2013 there were 551.

These numbers are the lowest homicide numbers since 1989 (521).

The trend is definitely going downwards to less homicides.


Homicide Index, Home Office

ONS Office for National Statistics