Social Media Crimes (4736_17)
For each of the past three financial years, 14/15, 15/16 and 16/17 how many child sexual offences did your police force record which involved the websites listed below?
For each return please state the gender of the victim, the age of the victim and the type of offence, for example (but not limited to) sexual grooming, rape, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
For each entry please also indicate how the crime was classified, for example (but not limited to) confirmed crime, undetected, detected, offender charged.
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.