Stalking (3969_17)

Request

1)
-By stalking I refer specifically to incidents which would fall into the following categories: Protection from Harassment Act 1997 s.2A(1), s.4a(1)(b)(i) and s.4A(1)(b)(ii).
-If a report is about a repeated allegation of stalking can this be made identifiable?

2) Can you tell me the outcome/ resulting police action for each incident recorded?

3) Can you date the outcome for each incident recorded relative to the initial report made? i.e. initial report made 24/3/14, action x taken 24/3/14.

* If data over the 5 year stretch will take above the time threshold to process, I will accept a shorter time period, starting going back three years, then to two.

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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