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Recorded Crimes and Outcomes Between 2012-2016

Question

1) The total number of crimes recorded by your force, in each of the following categories, broken down by calendar year, from 2012 to 2016.

a) Burglary in a dwelling

b) Robbery of personal property

c) Theft of motor vehicles

d) Actual bodily harm

e) Grievous bodily harm

f) Rape

g) Other sexual assault

Please calculate the total number of crimes for each category and provide a single figure for each category, per year. Please do not provide a list or register of all crimes. If the number of any crimes is below 5 per year, please use “<5” so as to avoid breaching the Data Protection Act 1998.

2) The number of crimes that are investigated (or ‘screened in’), in each of the following categories, broken down by calendar year, from 2012 to 2016, beyond this initial recording of the crime (as per question 1 above).

a) Burglary in a dwelling

b) Robbery of personal property

c) Theft of motor vehicles

d) Actual bodily harm

e) Grievous bodily harm

f) Rape

g) Other sexual assault

Please calculate the total number of crimes where an investigation has been carried out for each category and provide a single figure for each category. Please do not provide a list or register of all crimes and the reasons they have been dropped. If the number of any crimes are below 5 per year, please use “<5” so as to avoid breaching the Data Protection Act 1998.

3) The total number of crimes disposed as charged, summons or postal requisition for each of these crimes, broken down by calendar year, from 2012 to 2016.

a) Burglary in a dwelling

b) Robbery of personal property

c) Theft of motor vehicles

d) Actual bodily harm

e) Grievous bodily harm

f) Rape

g) Other sexual assault

Please calculate the totals for each category and provide a single figure for each category, per year. Please do not provide a list or register of all crimes. If the number of any crimes are below 5 per year, please use “<5” so as to avoid breaching the Data Protection Act 1998.

4) The Sanction Detection Rate for these crimes, broken down by calendar year, from 2012 to 2016.

a) Burglary in a dwelling

b) Robbery of personal property

c) Theft of motor vehicles

d) Actual bodily harm

e) Grievous bodily harm

f) Rape

g) Other sexual assault

Please calculate the sanction detection rate as Number of SDets recorded in a particular period x 100 / Number of offences recorded in the same period. From 2013-14 please use Positive Outcomes as per Home Office instructions. Before 2013-14 please use Sanction detection + community resolutions.

Clarification confirmed 11th July 2017:

“with regard to your FOI request parts f & g we will provide separate figures for rape and sexual assault”

Further clarification received 12th July 2017:

“would like "other sexual offences" not sexual assault”

Answer

Please see the requested information for questions 1 – 3 in the attached document.

With reference to question 2, all recorded crimes are investigated to some level. In order to provide a figure that may be useful to you, we have provided the number of crimes that have had an officer allocated to them.

With reference to question 4, please note that the Freedom of Information Act allows a right of access to recorded information. For the purpose of the Act, information that is already recorded or documented at the time of the request can be disclosed (subject to any applicable exemptions). Information will not be held for the purposes of the Act where it relates to, for example, understanding, knowledge and opinion and is not recorded.

There is no obligation for the constabulary to create information to satisfy a request. In this instance we would need to calculate percentage, therefore create an answer to your question. As such the information requested is not recorded as new information would be created in order to answer this question.

With reference to the rise in the number of offences of rape and sexual offences, there are a number of reasons to explain this including increased awareness of this type of crime, an increase in early reporting of offences and an increase in confidence among victims in the criminal justice system. The way these types of crimes are recorded has also dramatically improved meaning we are unearthing a more accurate picture.

If we want to stamp out abuse we first need to understand its scale and prevalence, this is a journey and that is not something that can be explained by solely analysing simple performance statistics.

The constabulary also offers support services to victims of rape and sexual assaults, including the bridge and lighthouse. Further information can be found on our website.

FOI reference: 752/17.
Date of request: 18.06.17.

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