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Drone related crime 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 (22410/19)


Could you please tell me the number of reported drone-related crimes in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Please break the numbers down by year.

If possible, could you also tell me the following information? 

1. For every reported drone crime, could you tell me how the drones were being used maliciously – i.e. for delivering drugs, stalking, criminal damage from devices crashing into cars, buildings etc.  

2. The number of people charged for drone-related crimes


Please find attached (22410_attachment) our response.

As requested the data for the years 2016; 2017; 2018 and 2019 has been sourced and represented in table format. This illustrates the number of reported drone-related crimes, and the number of people charged for drone-related crimes. This information is further separated into offences where possible.

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.

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.