Student Crimes – Offenders/Victims (13592/19)

Request

Between Sunday, 6 August 2017 to 6 August 2019:

  1. How many crimes were recorded where the offender’s occupation was recorded as a student and they were over 18 years old
  2. How many crimes were recorded where the victim’s occupation was recorded as a student and they were over 18 years old
  3. Please Provide the details of the offence eg robbery, assault, criminal damage,
  4. Please also state if the offender or victim as Male or Female or other
  5. How many sexual offences were recorded where the offender’s occupation was recorded as a student and they were over 18 years old
  6. How many sexual offences were recorded where the victim’s occupation was recorded as a student and they were over 18 years old
  7. Please Provide the details of the offence e.g. rape, indecent assault etc.
  8. Please also state if the offender or victim as Male or Female or other

Response

Please find attached (13592_19_attachment.pdf).

In addition to the attached, West Midlands Police will neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information, relevant to this request, by virtue of the following exemptions:

Section 31(3) Law enforcement

Section 40(5) Personal information

Section 40(5) is an absolute and class based exemption if to confirm or deny that any further information exists would breach the third party’s data protection rights. In this case, to confirm or deny the existence of personal information would not constitute fair processing of the data. As this exemption is class based I am not required to identify the harm in disclosure and in this instance I believe that the right to privacy outweighs any public interest in release.

In line with Section 31 above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT as follows:

Evidence of Harm in complying with Section 1(1)(a) – to confirm or not whether information is or isn’t held

The information requested is for the number of crimes committed by individuals who are students over 18 years of age, together with a breakdown of the offence, which could include extremely serious offences, as well as the gender of the offender. Confirmation or denial of whether any other information is or isn’t held would undermine the effective delivery of operational law enforcement by compromising potentially ongoing investigations, some of which may be covert and also reveal investigative activity.

Public Interest Considerations

Factors favouring complying with Section 1(1)(a) – confirming that any other information is held:

The Police Service as a whole is accountable for the ‘package’ provided by individual forces in their quest to ensure the effective delivery of operational law enforcement. To confirm or deny that any other information is or isn’t held relating to the actual offences committed by students would provide openness, transparency and accountability.

Factors against complying with Section 1(1)(a):

By confirming or denying whether any other information is or isn’t held in respect to this request, could compromise law enforcement tactics which would hinder West Midlands Police’s ability to prevent and detect crimes, which would not be in the public interest. A fear of crime will be realised as offenders identify vulnerable areas to target and exploit.

Balancing Test

As much as there is a public interest in knowing that West Midlands Police is appropriate and balanced when delivering law enforcement, there is, in this case, an overriding factor that to reveal whether or not any other information is or isn’t held in relation to students committing particular serious crimes, would not be in the public interest and it is therefore my opinion that for the issues highlighted above, the balancing test for confirming or denying that any other information is held, is not made out.

This should not be taken as necessarily indicating that any other information relevant to your request, does or does not exist.

 

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.

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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