Drink Spiking (1507A/21)
1. How many reports have been made of a spiking incident involving an injection in each of the following years: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 (to date).
Could you please give as much detail as possible about such reports, including month of report, ages and gender of victim and perpetrator, place of reported incident and the outcome of report (any arrests, charges, investigation ongoing etc).
2. How many reports of a drink spiking incident were made in each of the following years: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 (to date).
Could you please give as much detail as possible about reports, including month report was made, ages and gender of victim and perpetrator, place of reported incident and the outcome of report (any arrests, charges, investigation ongoing etc).
Please work with the below Home Office codes:
Home Office Codes 005/10 (Administering poison so as to endanger life) 008/02 (Administering poison with intent to injure or annoy), 088/05 (Administering a substance with intent), 005/24 (Use of noxious substances of things to cause harm and intimidate) and 005/05 10 (Administering drug with intent to commit indictable offence).
Please find attached our response.
Please note: We’ve included the identified offences that were included within the clarification, however there may be other offences that include drink spiking offences, it is difficult to identify all offences that may include drink spiking / injection as this is dependent on how an offence is crimed, therefore the search may not have captured all relevant data.
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.
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