Stalking (2504/20)

Request

Some constabularies offer a stalking clinic which stalking offences are referred to such as Hampshire constabulary.

If this is not applicable please just leave those questions and provide the data that is available for question 1 & 3.

The following information on stalking offences.

Please may you provide me with the following information?

1) Number of stalking complaints made from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 respectively

2) Number referred to clinic – from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 respectively

3)  Number of charges – from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 respectively

4) Number of charges brought from referrals from clinic – from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 respectively

I am happy for the above information to be provided as electronic or paper copies.

Response

We do not hold information in relation to question 2 and 4.

Therefore the data in relation to Question 1 and 3 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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We do not hold information in relation to question 2 and 4.

Therefore the data in relation to Question 1 and 3 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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