Disability Hate Crime (10243_17)

Request

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information.

How many disability hate crimes did you record between the periods:

– 01/09/14 – 31/0815

– 01/09/15 – 31/08/16

– 01/09/16 – 31/08/17?

How many disability hate crimes recorded in the period 01/09/16 – 31/08/17 were committed against:

– A female

– A person below the age of 25

– A person above the age of 65?

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits, please provide advice and assistance, under your Section 16 obligations, as to how I can refine my request to be included in the scope of the Act.

In any case, if you can identify ways that my request could be refined please provide further advice and assistance to indicate this.

Response

Please find attached our 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.

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