Telecommunication Crimes (FOI 5067_14)

Request

In the period 1 January 2014 to 30 April 2014 how many crimes were reported.

During the same period how many alleged cases involved the Telecommunications Act.

Of those cases, how many involved Facebook or Twitter.

How many of the cases involving Twitter and Facebook led to one or more arrest

Response

In the period 1 January 2014 to 30 April 2014 how many crimes were reported.

= 56,728

 

During the same period how many alleged cases involved the Telecommunications Act.

Offences under the Telecommunications Act are non-notifiable and therefore there is no recorded information held.

Of those cases, how many involved Facebook or Twitter.

Out of 56,728 there were 255 offences that involved Facebook or twitter.

How many of the cases involving Twitter and Facebook led to one or more arrest

= 81 (none of which were arrests under the Telecommunications Act)

 

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.

 

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