Offences Involving Computer Games (400A/23)
- Using the key words ‘Roblox’, ‘Fortnite’, ‘Clash of Clans’, ‘world of Warcraft’, ‘Minecraft’ and ‘FIFA’, the number of reports of crimes involving online computer games in the past five calendar years, as well as updated data in the calendar year 2023 – broken down by calendar year
- The category of offence under which the report was logged – for example sexual activity of a child under 13
- Details of each alleged crime including the age and sex of the perpetrator(s) and victim(s) and the name of the game on which the alleged offence took place
- The number of arrests and charges in the last five calendar years to the present day – broken down year on year
Please find attached our response.
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.