Acid Attacks (6046_15)

Request

For the years 2012, 2013, 2014 and for the period 1st January 2015 to 9th November 2015, please could you tell me?

1)  How many assaults have been recorded where a corrosive substance has been involved (commonly referred to as “acid attacks”) i.e. where the term “acid”, “corrosive” and/or “acid attacks” have been included in the MO field of a crime report?

2) How many victims were male and how many were female?

3) If possible, what the corrosive substance was thought to have been? Please ignore this question if it takes the request above the cost or time limit set out by the Freedom of Information Act.

Response

Please find attached our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

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