Public Indecency (23_15)

Request

Under freedom of information laws, I am requesting the number of incidents of particular acts of outraging public indecency that have happened in 2014, 2013 and 2012. Please note I am only interested in acts of two or multiple people having sex or performing sex acts in public places, not in cases of lone individuals exposing themselves.

 

1.The number of reported incidents of couples or multiple people committing the crime of outraging public indecency in the calendar year 2014

  1. b) the date of the incident
  2. c) the location of the incident
  3. d) summary of incident
  4. e) the ages of the people involved in the incident
  5. f) outcome, that is, arrest, caution or no action

 

2a – f) Same for 2013

 

3a-f) Same for 2012

Response

There were 10 crimes relating to 17 Offenders over the requested period

 

Number of offences

2012 = 2

2013 = 4

2014 = 4

 

Number of offenders

2012 = 3

2013 = 6

2014 =8

 

LPU Area

Birmingham East =1

Birmingham South = 1

Birmingham West = 3

Coventry = 1

Solihull = 1

Sandwell = 2

Walsall = 1

 

Summary of the incident

Sex act on aeroplane = 1

Sex act in public place = 7

Sex act in vehicle = 2

 

Age of offenders

21- 30 = 6

31-40 = 5

41-50 = 2

Over 60 = 4

 

Outcome

Caution = 6

Charge = 6

Community Resolution = 2

Not known/ongoing = 3

 

To reveal further detail regarding these incidents could potentially identify an individual and is therefore exempt by section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Section 40 of The Freedom of Information Act is shown here:

 

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/foi/publication-scheme/lists-registers/disclosure-log/exemptions.asp

 

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.

 

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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