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Harassment and Malicious Communications Offences Since 2012

Question

1. How many harassment offences were reported to your police force in 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016 and so far in 2017?

2. If possible could you tell me how many of these harassment offences were “cyber enabled” for each year?

3. How many malicious communications offences were reported to your police force in 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016 and so far in 2017?

4. If possible could you tell me how many of these malicious communications were “cyber enabled” for each year?

Answer

Q1 - Q2. Please find the requested information below:

Year

Total harassment

Cyber enabled harassment

2012

1034

1

2013

888

26

2014

1096

152

2015

5153

537

2016

10607

422

2017

6560

446

Q3.

Year

Total malicious communications

Cyber enabled malicious communications

2012

3587

148

2013

3008

437

2014

3537

975

2015

1660

493

Please note that in 2015 malicious communications became an offence within harassment offences. Information after this point is provided below: 

Year

Total malicious communications within harassment offence

Cyber enabled malicious communications within harassment offence

2015

3024

438

2016

6443

336

2017

4059

355

FOI reference: 1019/17.

Date of request: 15.08.17.