Sexting (16964_18)

Request

This request concerns sexting offences:

 

1)     Please state the number of offences recorded of sexting, that is offences under Section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1978 or Section 160 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988, recorded by your force in each of the following calendar years.

 

  1. i)               2012

 

  1. ii)              2013

 

iii)            2014

 

  1. iv)             2015

 

  1. v)              2016

 

  1. vi)             2017

 

vii)           2018 to 13.09.18

 

 

 

2)     Please state the number of offences recorded of sexting, where the offender was under the age of 18, recorded in each of the following calendar years.

 

 

 

  1. i)               2012

 

  1. ii)              2013

 

iii)            2014

 

  1. iv)             2015

 

  1. v)              2016

 

  1. vi)             2017

 

vii)           2018 to 13.09.18

 

 

 

3)     Please break the number of offenders under the age of the 18 down by the number of offenders of each age. Please provide information for each of the following calendar years.

 

 

 

  1. i)               2012

 

  1. ii)              2013

 

iii)            2014

 

  1. iv)             2015

 

  1. v)              2016

 

  1. vi)             2017

 

vii)           2018 to 13.09.18

 

 

 

4)     Please state the number of victims of sexting offences, that is, victims of offences under Section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1978 or Section 160 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. Please provide information for each of the following calendar years.

 

 

  1. i)               2012

 

  1. ii)              2013

 

iii)            2014

 

  1. iv)             2015

 

  1. v)              2016

 

  1. vi)             2017

 

vii)           2018 to 13.09.18

 

 

 

5)     Please break the number of victims down by the number of victims of each age recorded. Please provide information for each of the following calendar years.

 

 

 

  1. i)               2012

 

  1. ii)              2013

 

iii)            2014

 

  1. iv)             2015

 

  1. v)              2016

 

  1. vi)             2017

 

vii)           2018 to 13.09.18

 

 

 

Response

Please find attached our response.

 

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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