British Murders 2012 – victims of murder, homicides and fatal violence mapped

Reports of Murders, Homicides and Violence with Fatal Injury made on the site have been placed on their own individual page for mapping the location, weapon and suspected motive of incidents.

Link to British Murder Victims 2012

Once on the map page. Clicking on a marker on the map reveals details of murders (purple markers for murders in 2011, yellow markers for murders 2012. Or on the table of incidents, provides details on the victims name, age, sex and where available, picture.

Murder and Homicide – Main Features

  • The most at risk age group for homicides are children under a year of age
  • Above 16 years, the most at risk age ranges are 16 to 20, and 21 to 29.
  • Two thirds of homicide victims are male
  • The most common method used for homicide is a knife or sharp instrument (approx 40% of homicides) for both men and women. The second most common method for males victims was punching or kicking, for female victims it was strangulation. Gun and firearm murders represented 6% of victims
  • Female victims were most likely to be killed by someone they knew (approx 78%), with around 47% of female victims being killed by a partner or ex-partner, male victims knew their assailant around 57% of the time, being killed by a partner or ex-partner 5% of the time.
  • Victims under 16 were likely to know their assailant (around 70%), when the assailant was known this was regularly the parent of the victim (50%).


  • Table of Number of Murders / Homicides in ENGLAND and WALES 2001 to 2012 – with Gun Murder Statistics per year


    YEAR
    financial year
    Murder / Homicides
    recorded
    (and number where a gun or firearm caused the fatality)
    Murder / Homicides
    confirmed cases
    Murder / Homicide
    Rate
    per million pop
    2000/1 847

    (of which 72 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    764 14.4
    2001/2 854

    (of which 96 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    793 15.2
    2002/3 1041

    (of which 80 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    942 17.9
    2003/4 852

    (of which 68 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    772 14.6
    2004/5 834

    (of which 76 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    780 14.7
    2005/6 764

    (of which 49 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    708 13.3
    2006/7 749

    (of which 56 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    712 13.3
    2007/8 772

    (of which 53 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    734 13.6
    2008/9 668

    (of which 39 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    640 11.8
    2009/10 626

    (of which 39 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    608 11.1
    20010/11 648

    (of which 58 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    636 11.5
    1st Jan 2011 to 31st Dec 2011 564
    2011/12< 550

    (of which 39 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    9.8
    (population of England and Wales is 56.1 million)

    Source: Office for National Statistics (release date 19th July 2012)


    Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2010-11

    From April 2012 the Office for National Statistics now publishes figures for Crime in England and Wales

    Graph of Number of Homicides in England and Wales per year from 1960 to 2012
    Number of Homicides per Year in England and Wales from 1960 to 2012

    Table of number of Homicides (victims) in SCOTLAND 2001 to 2012 – with Gun Murder Statistics per year


    YEAR
    financial year
    Murder / Homicides
    victims
    Murder / Homicide
    Rate
    per million pop
    2001/2 115

    (of which 5 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    23
    2002/3 125

    (of which 3 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    25
    2003/4 109

    (of which 2 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    22
    2004/5 137

    (of which 8 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    27
    2005/6 94

    (of which 8 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    18
    2006/7 119

    (of which 8 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    23
    2007/8 115

    (of which 4 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    22
    2008/9 99

    (of which 2 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    19
    2009/10 82

    (of which 2 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    16
    2010/11 101

    (of which 2 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    19
    2011/12 90

    (of which 5 were caused by a gun / firearm)
    17
    (population of Scotland is 5.3 million)

    British Murders 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012
    There were 640 Murders / Homicides in Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) in 2011/12 (10.43 per million population)
    Of these 640 Murders / Homicides, 44 involved a gun or firearm as the main weapon. Gun murders in Britain in 2011/12 represent 6% of the murder cases, (0.72 gun homicides per million population).

    Population of Britain (combined England, Scotland and Wales) in last census 2011 = 61,370,912

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    9 Responses to British Murders 2012 – victims of murder, homicides and fatal violence mapped

    1. Rach G says:

      Are there really so many murders in Britain. It’s only 13 days since the new year and I already count at least one murder a day. It’s really shocking!

      • Helen Jacobsen says:

        According to Home Office figures around two people are killed every week by their current or former partner in England and Wales.
        But we have had some shocking multiple family murders over December and January.

        Claire Smith aged 36 her son Ben 9 and Aaron only 13 months old, killed by her husband on December 10th.

        Susan McGoldrick 47 her sister Alison Turnbull 44 and her niece Tanya Turnbull 24 killed by Susan’s partner Michael Atherton on the 2nd Jan

        Sarah Laycock 31 and her 8 year old daughter Abigail killed by her partner in Leeds on the 14th January

        Awful and tragic…..

        • Andrew K says:

          As of the 16th Jan 2012 I count 27 murders. Four of them with multiple victims.

          • Andrew K says:

            I should have added the awful arson attack that left 4 dead on the 8th Jan. Reece Smith who died trying to save his sisters Holly and Ella both aged 4 and 2 year old Jordan Smith.

            That is 5 multiple victim murder cases in January 2012

    2. Paula says:

      Shootings resulting in death are about a third down by mid July 2012 compared to mid July 2011. And murder seems to be going down overall.

      Is austerity making getting hold of a gun more difficult?? It seems the poorer we get the less likely we are to be killing each other.

      • There is a reducing risk of becoming a victim of murder and homicide in England Wales and Scotland. With homicide numbers down by the end of 2012 (around 500 in England and Wales) to mid 1970′s figures. Following a reducing trend from a peak between 2001 to 2004, despite a growing population since the 1970′s.

        This fall is reflected across much of the developed world and as such cannot be ascribed to anything in particular done by the law enforcement or government crime policy here in the UK, or particular models of law enforcement shipped over from the United States such as zero tolerance or boosting police numbers.

    3. Robert says:

      Where and how do you come up with these figures?

    4. Anonymous says:

      The sources for the data are on the page at the bottom of the tables.
      Home Office and Office for National Statistics.
      There is the equivalent in Scotland

      If you go to the main murder page on this site all the links are there.
      http://www.citizensreportuk.org/reports/murders-fatal-violence-uk.html

    5. mrs miller says:

      I dontbelieve the figures presented. I believe that a great percentage of murders in the UK are commuted to MANSLAUGHTER thus these ones dont appear in the murder figures. I THINK ALL MURDERS AND THOSE CHANGED OR DEEMED MANSLAUGHTER SHOULD BE RECORDED, PERHAPS EXCLUDING ROAD TRAFFIC DEATHS WHICH SHOULD BE RECORDED SEPARATELY. When i was a child murder was on the National News – but was fairly rare in retrospect but these days the manslaughter angle is prevelent hence the figures are massaged to reveal what is considered ‘acceptable’ for the public to take in. I think it is a cover up – when do u ever hear of a murder in the UK on national tv? Rare. Ones such as the beheading of a soldier or maybe a street murder or in or outside a night club, perhaps, because these are PUBLIC places and therefore they are reported. Murders in homes and buildings are easier to cover up, and anyway the media dont seem to be interested in reporting murder. The only time we get a GLIMPSE at what is happening crime wise in the UK is on CRIME WATCH and thats not a weekly occurrence is it – this prog. or similar prog. should be on every day so the uk public really get to know what mire we are all living in.

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