I am currently conducting a research study exploring stalking offences, specifically those perpetrated where the victim is ‘male’ and also where the perpetrators are ‘strangers’.
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000/Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, I am writing to request anonymous information about recorded stalking offences (The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012/Protection from Harassment Act 1997) that have been reported and recorded by your constabulary between 1st January 2014 and 31st December 2015.
I have attached two data request forms which has been designed to try and make this process as easy as possible. The first requests anonymous individual level data specifically related to stalking offences recorded during this period (January 2014-December 2015) where the perpetrator has been categorised as a ‘stranger’. The second requests anonymous individual level data where the victim’s gender is ‘male’. Please note, for the latter request involving male victims, this request is not limited to cases where the perpetrator is a stranger.
Please find attached our response. The dataset is all Stalking with Fear of Violence, Stalking involving serious alarm/distress, and breach of S1 which amounts to stalking where a victim or additional victim is recorded on our system.
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.
If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.