Homophobic Welsh crime rate up on "improved victim confidence"

Published: January 9, 2012

A 40% rise in reported homophobic crime over the last three years in South Wales has been attributed to the increased confidence of gay victims to come forward.

401 anti-gay incidents were reported to South Wales Police in 2011, up significantly on the 289 in 2008.

Inspector Nigel Crates of South Wales Police told the South Wales Echo it was a result of improved confidence of victims to report incidents.

He said: “Action plans ensure advice, help and support are provided to victims through the police and our partner agencies.

“The action plan is a result of a risk assessment process carried out by the attending officer which improves the first contact experience with South Wales Police and helps increase the confidence of victims to report matters.”

But Andrew White, the Director of Stonewall Cymru, said there was still a large number of crimes going unreported.

He said: “Stonewall’s research clearly shows that three in four homophobic hate crimes and incidents in Wales still go unreported to the police, often because victims do not feel that the police will do anything about them.

“Whilst some progress has been made, police forces still need to do much more to ensure all gay people in Wales feel confident to report homophobic incidents.”

In October of last year, North Wales police announced plans to display rainbow flag stickers in stations to encourage gay people to report homophobic crime.

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