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Crime Reports With Social Media Sites Mentioned in Modus Operandi


The number of occurrence reports to Avon and Somerset Constabulary of incidents whereby social networking sites were mentioned in the modus operandi of the occurrence enquiry log and the victims’ occupation has been recorded as student or similar. I ask for the information to be broken down into the offence category, age of the victim, gender of the victim, and outcome of the occurrence report for the calendar years between and including 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and current figures for 2016.


I regret to advise you that although we may hold the information you have asked for your request is refused because we estimate that the cost of compliance would exceed the cost limits under the Act which is currently set at £450 or 18 staff hours work.  This letter represents a Refusal Notice under the Act.

This is because the information requested in your questions is not centrally recorded and would involve an extensive search of our records to find and collate it. In order to retrieve the requested information, we would need to conduct a free text search for those incidents whereby social media sites were mentioned in the modus operandi.

For this we would require the names of the social media site you wish us to research.

We have previously published information relating to the number of recorded crimes involving specific social media sites for example Facebook, which enabled us to carry out a key word search of the modus operandi. We have attached the following link for your reference. In 2015 alone, 1488 crimes mentioned Facebook in the modus operandi.

The occupation of victims is not routinely recorded, however it is possible that this detail would be recorded within the file. In order to identify how many of those incidents involved victims who were students, each incident would need to be manually reviewed. At a conservative rate of 5 minutes per crime, this would take in excessive of 124 hours to provide this information for those that mention facebook in 2015 alone.

FOI reference: 1377/16.

Date of request: 12.11.16.