HC Deb 07 July 2003 vol 408 cc645-6W
Mrs. Calton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of(a) serious injury and (b) death there have been involving victims of (i) robbery and (ii) burglary in each of the past five years. [122111]

Ms Blears

(a) Data on the number of cases of serious injury involving victims of (i) robbery and (ii) burglary are not held centrally. The British Crime Survey (BCS) collects some information on injuries sustained in violent incidents. Violent incidents from the BCS can be classified into a violence typology comprised of domestic, mugging, stranger and acquaintance incidents. Violent crime from the BCS can also be separated into robbery, wounding, common assault, and snatch theft. The information regarding injuries sustained for this latter breakdown is not published prior to 2001–02 BCSinterviews.

Mugging is a popular rather than a legal term, comprising robbery, attempted robbery and snatch theft from the person. The BCS does not cover incidents against those aged under 16 or those not living in private households. Available information is given in the following table.

Injuries sustained in muggings (1998 BCS, 2000 BCS and 2001/02 BCS interviews)
1998 2000 2001–02 2001–02
Minor bruise/black eye 24 14 15 18
Severe bruising 14 12 17 21
Scratches 7 10 6 7
Cuts 12 4 11 13
Broken bones 1 1 2 2


1. Results for muggings should be treated with caution due to the small number of incidents.

2. More than one type of physical injury may have occurred.

3. More than one response was allowed.

(b) The numbers of deaths arising from robbery and burglary

during the years 1997–98 to 2001–02 are itemised in the following

table. Deaths involving victims of robbery and burglary 1997–98

to 2001–02

1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02
Robbery 23 28 23 23 37
Burglary 13 13 9 3 12
Total 36 41 32 26 49

Data as at 8 October 2002, figures are subject to revision as cases are dealt with by the police and the courts, or as further information becomes available.

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