Couples caught having sex in public (12681_16)

Request

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I seek the following pieces of information in relation to the amount of people caught having sex in a public place.

I would like the following requests to be broken down annually from January 2011 until the time my request is answered.

  1. The amount of heterosexual couples caught having sex.
  2. The amount of homosexual men caught having sex.
  3. The amount of homosexual women caught having sex.

For each instance, I would like a mention of the public area where they were when they were caught having sex

Response

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/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.

From 01/012011 until 30/ 11/2016

We have searched our systems under offence Commit Act Outrage Public Decency (offence code 66/21).

We have located the following cases, where couples have engaged in a sexual act and the place/ nearest location for recording purposes. It is not possible to identify if these couples were heterosexual / homosexual as we do not record this information.

 

Location 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Grand Total
AIRPORT 1 1
CAR PARK 1 1
CONVEYANCE 1 1
GARAGE DOMESTIC 1 1
NIGHTCLUB 1 1
OUTSIDE ADDRESS 1 1
PARK 2 1 2 1 6
PUBLIC FOOTPATH 1 1 2
REAR OF PREMISES 1 1
ROAD 3 3 2 2 10
WOODLAND 1 1
Grand Total 8 3 3 5 3 4 26

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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