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Crimes for Under 12’s (4488)

Further to your email, received 23rd December 2013 please note that these data are the closest we hold to your request. They should not be interpreted as representing anything other than as described in this response.


I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.

I would like to request the following information to be based on figures for Birmingham from January 2009 up until present day, or as near to present day as possible.

1.Over the time period stated how many crimes were recorded by suspects aged under 12? Can you break down these figures into a statistical number for each year along with the gender?

2.Of the crimes committed by children aged under 12, what was the nature of the crimes? For example separated into topics such as criminal damage,
violent crimes, sexual offences and so on.

3.Over the time period stated, how many crimes were recorded by suspects aged under 10? Can you break down these figures into a statistical number for each year along with the gender?

4.Of the crimes committed by children aged under 10, what was the nature of the crimes? Broken down into separate topics as stated in question 2.

I would be most interested in any information held by your organisation regarding my request.


Please find attached 4488_01attachment Pdf our response.

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.

It is important to note children under the age of 10 are not considered to have reached an age where they can be held responsible for their crimes. Because they are under the age of ‘criminal responsibility’ they cannot be charged with any criminal offence. Therefore the figures provided are under the parameter of “thought responsible “for the crime.

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.

Your attention is drawn to your right to request a re-examination of your case under West Midlands Police review procedure, which can be found at:

Please note that such an appeal must be received within 40 working days of the date of this correspondence.

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.