Social Media Crime (5556_15)


I would like to find out the number of crimes reported to West Midlands Police that have involved social media websites.

Please tell me the total number where ‘social media’ is involved.

Then please could you tell me specifically whether these sites have been used for the crime: Facebook; Twitter; Instagram; Tumblr; Skype; Oovoo; Grindr; Tinder. Please tally these figures separately.

I would like to obtain the information for the years 31/10/2014-30/10/2015; 31/10/2013-30/10/2014; 31/10/2012-30/10/2013; 31/10/2011-30/10/2012; 31/10/2010-30/10/2011



We do not have a searchable system of recording where ‘social media is involved, therefore we have provided data using a keyword search of

Facebook; Twitter; Instagram; Tumblr; Skype; Oovoo; Grindr; Tinder Social media , however this doesn’t include spelling variations, please see attachment for these figures .

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of 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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