Number sexual offences committed by taxi/ cab drivers in the last three financial years (2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15)? Please can you also include the following months for 2017: April, May, June and July
This request relates broadly to taxis, private hire vehicles and anyone acting or pretending to act in the capacity of a hired driver including illegal cabs (but not things like buses or coaches), where the victim is a passenger and the person acting in the capacity of driver is the suspect.
Please can you provide any additional information related to these incidents (eg name of cab service/ nature of offence/ resolution)
Please find attached our response and note that the figures relate to the occupations of: Hackney Cab Driver, Minicab Driver, Private Hire Operator and Taxi Driver, however the offences may not have occurred within a vehicle.
Attachment 1 provides offences by month and attachment 2 provides offences by outcome. The name of the cab service is not recorded on a searchable system.
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.