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Online Game Crimes Since 2012

Question

Please can I request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

Please tell me how many crimes your force has recorded where the key term 'online game' has been used in each of the last five years a) 2012 b) 2013 c) 2014 d) 2015 d) 2016

For each crime report, please tell me if possible: a) the offence b) the relevance of the online game to the crime c) the name of the game d) the age and sex of the offender

Answer

We have undertaken a word search to identify crimes which include the term “online game” in the modus operandi (MO). This is not the ‘key term’.

Please note the relevance of the online game to the crime is not recorded. This detail would need to be created after reviewing the summary. 

However as stated above the information provided includes all crimes where ‘online game’ is recorded in the MO. In some cases the online game was not relevant to the crime, but was mentioned.

Please see the details you have requested below.  

Count of Crimes

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Sum:

Causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress

125/09

 

 

1

 

 

1

Causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity - Female child - no penetration

021/03

 

 

1

 

1

2

Causing or inciting a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity - Female child - no penetration - offender aged 18 or over

022/20

 

1

 

 

 

1

Causing or inciting a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity - Male child - penetration - offender aged 18 or over

022/09

 

 

 

 

1

1

Common assault and battery

105/01

 

 

 

1

 

1

Meeting a male child following sexual grooming etc. - offender 18 or over and victim under 16

088/02

 

 

 

 

1

1

Other Criminal Damage, Other - valued under £5000

149/00D

 

 

 

 

1

1

Sending letters etc with intent to cause distress or anxiety (Mal Comms)

008/72

 

 

 

2

2

4

Sexual assault on a female

020/05

 

 

 

1

 

1

Theft if not classified elsewhere

049/10

1

 

 

1

 

2

Unauthorised access to computer to facilitate the commission of an offence (recordable)

053/34

1

 

 

 

 

1

 

Sum:

2

1

2

5

6

16

 

Offender Age

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Sum:

12

1

 

 

 

 

1

14

 

 

 

1

 

1

15

 

 

 

1

 

1

18

 

 

 

1

 

1

26

 

 

 

 

1

1

31

 

 

 

1

 

1

Not recorded 

0

0

1

1

0

2

Sum:

1

0

1

5

1

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offender gender

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Sum:

Male

1

 

 

5

1

7

Unknown

 

 

1

 

 

1

Sum:

1

0

1

5

1

8

The only online games mentioned were as follows:

Many refer simply to an online game. 

  • Wartune
  • Lord of rings online
  • Habbo
  • Garrys MOD
  • Craft online gaming
  • Steam
  • Clash of clans

FOI reference: 316/17.

Date of request: 07.03.17.