Rape (10609/19)

Request

A spreadsheet of the number of rapes reported to your force by neighbourhood for each month from 2001 (i.e., each month in a row and each neighbourhood as a column).

Response

Please find attached our response and note that our recording system can only search as far back as 2002.

It is important to note that in November 2016 we significantly restructured the force; Birmingham South NPU was incorporated into Birmingham West and Birmingham North NPU was incorporated into Birmingham East. This reduced the number of NPUs from a total of 10 to 8 at this time.

Please also be advised that as per Home Office guidelines, in April 2014 WMP changed the way that it recorded crimes/outcomes.

Care should be taken when interpreting these figures. The number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors, as explained above. 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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