Sex Offences (145_15)

Request

The number of recorded offences of (1) rape of a female, (2) rape of a male, (3) sexual assault on a female, and (4) sexual assault on a male in (a) 2011 (b) 2012, and (c) 2013, or for the last three years for which full figures are available.

 

The number of recorded offences of (1) rape of a female, (2) rape of a male, (3) sexual assault on a female, and (4) sexual assault on a male which were reported via a third party in (a) 2011 (b) 2012, and (c) 2013, or for the last three years for which full figures are available.

 

Any estimate held by your force of the number of offences of (1) rape of a female, (2) rape of a male, (3) sexual assault on a female, and (4) sexual assault on a male in (a) 2011 (b) 2012, and (c) 2013, or for the last three years for which full figures are available.

 

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide third party reports without researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)). The Freedom of Information Act applies to recorded information therefore the Freedom of Information unit are unable to offer opinion, conjecture or speculation.

 

 

 

Therefore, the cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244

 

Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (below) I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.

 

A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

 

 

 

 

1. Rape & Attempt Rape of Females (Home Office codes 19/07, 19/08, 19/11, 19/12, 19/16, 19/18)
Datum Value
2011 796
2012 697
2013 662
2014 1053
2. Rape & Attempt Rape of Males  (Home Office codes 19/09, 19/10, 19/13, 19/14, 19/17, 19/19)
Datum Value
2011 76
2012 93
2013 112
2014 132
3. Sexual Assault of Females (Home Office codes 20/03, 20/04, 20/05, 20/06)
Datum Value
2011 1088
2012 1074
2013 1125
2014 1272
4. Sexual Assault of Males (Home Office codes 17/13, 17/14, 17/15, 17/16)
Datum Value
2011 105
2012 118
2013 127
2014 156

 

 

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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