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Stalking and harassment now account for one-third of police-recorded violent crimes, a new analysis reveals.
Between October 2021 and September 2022, police recorded 724,000 cases of stalking and harassment, accounting for 34% of all violent crimes. I.
Stalking and harassment rates more than doubled from 2015, when there were 328,000 cases between April 2015 and March 2016.
Another analysis by the Labor Department found that 250 flashing incidents were recorded each week last year, with a dramatic 65% increase in flashing and voyeurism incidents since 2015.
Police recorded 13,062 incidents of flashing crimes last year, up from 7,847 in 2015.
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said stalking and harassment “has plagued the lives of too many women”, and Flushing “is a serious crime, but too often it’s not taken seriously enough.” It is not accepted by the government,” he said.
She promised the Labor government would oversee a massive increase in neighborhood police to tackle these forms of violent and sexual crimes.
“Neighborhood police should be the backbone of the community with known and trusted local officials and PCSOs who can assist and protect victims and take action against persistent or dangerous criminals,” she said. said.
“But neighborhood cops and PCSO have been cut by the Conservatives, making our streets less safe.”
There have been 6,000 fewer neighborhood cops on the UK’s streets since 2015, according to government figures, and the number of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) has halved since the Conservatives took power in 2010. doing.
On Monday, the government announced a tougher crackdown on domestic abusers to protect women and girls.
Under the new law, announced Monday, controlling or coercive behavior will be equated with physical violence, and offenders will be monitored more closely by police.
The government also promised that offenders sentenced to one year or more for controlling and coercive behavior would be recorded on the Register of Violence and Sex Offenders to “not be overlooked.”
Commenting on the announcement, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: “Women and girls should not feel unsafe in their homes or communities.”
“We have made it a priority for police to tackle violence against women and girls and strengthen how they manage offenders. You can bring someone to justice,” he added.