How many reports of sextortion have been recorded by your force in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015? Can I please have a figure for each year?
For each report can you please provide any additional information recorded the age, location.
There is no specific recording category for sextortion or webcam/photo blackmail scams
A search of systems has been conducted for blackmail offences that included the elements of victims being persuaded to perform intimate acts over social media and then asked to make a payment.
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.