Sexual Offences (1101_15)

Request

Please could you provide the number of sexual offences (Home Office Offence Codes 16, 17, 17A, 17B, 18, 19A, 19B, 19C, 19D, 19E, 19F, 19G, 19H, 20, 20A, 20B, 21, 22, 22A, 22B, 23, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 88A, 88B, 88C, 88D, 88E) where the offender(s) are under the age of 18 for the years 2010-2014

 

Would it also be possible to provide the number of arrests for people under 18 related to the same sexual offence codes for those years?

Response

Please could you provide the number of sexual offences (Home Office Offence Codes 16, 17, 17A, 17B, 18, 19A, 19B, 19C, 19D, 19E, 19F, 19G, 19H, 20, 20A, 20B, 21, 22, 22A, 22B, 23, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 88A, 88B, 88C, 88D, 88E) where the offender(s) are under the age of 18 for the years 2010-2014

 

 

Year Recorded Crime
2010 106
2011 147
2012 187
2013 226
2014 194

 

 

Would it also be possible to provide the number of arrests for people under 18 related to the same sexual offence codes for those years?

 

Year Arrests
2010 329
2011 210
2012 209
2013 158
2014 174

 

 

 

There are a number of reasons why the count of people arrested is higher in some years than the number of offences crimed. These reasons include:

 

If there were multiple offenders per crime

If it was determined that no crime occurred

If the offender was arrested for a serious sexual offence but it was crimed as a less serious offence

 

 

Therefore, 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.

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