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Arson in Schools (6221_15)


I am researching for data on arson in schools and if they can be predicted for a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design dissertation and would like your assistance. I shall be examining whether there is a pattern of decline to indicate the possibility of arson occurring.

I would therefore like to request the following information for the past 5 years –
Crimes occurring at or in school premises for your County
Types of crime at or in the above premises (theft, ASB, arson, drug/alcohol etc)
Dates/times (or months) of the crime – to establish whether a pattern is emerging
(The number of crimes where the Primary Location Type is Education and the Location is school, broken down by Count of Crime Type, eg: Burglary)

The data I really wish is centred on arson, but it may be recorded as other things with fire attached.


Please find attached our response. Following our recent conversation I have removed the sexual offences from the attached. As there is a large amount of data it has been presented in a CSV format.

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.