Disclosure Details

Social Media - 796/13

Dated: 15 Nov 2013

Date of request:    22/10/2013

Date of response:  15/11/2013

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 22 October 2013 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

1. How many recorded crimes in your force area were linked to Facebook in each of 2011, 2012 and 2013 to date? (I understand that you can check this by carrying out a free-text search of the "crime method" field on your database.)

2. How many people were charged with crimes linked to Facebook in each of 2011, 2012 and 2013 to date?

3.  Please provide a breakdown of what the offences were and how many people were charged with each one.

4. How many recorded crimes in your force area were linked to Twitter in each of 2011, 2012 and 2013 to date?

5. How many people were charged with crimes linked to Twitter in each of 2011, 2012 and 2013 to date?

6. Please provide a breakdown of what the offences were and how many people were charged with each one.

7. How many recorded crimes in your force area were linked to the website Ask.fm in each of 2011, 2012 and 2013 to date?

8. How many people were charged with crimes linked to Ask.fm in each of 2011, 2012 and 2013 to date?

9. Please provide a breakdown of what the offences were and how many people were charged with each one.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Performance and Review Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

The information provided below was obtained from the central database and covers between 01/01/11 and 04/10/13. The information was created by searching the crime tables 'instrument used' fields for  the relevant abreviations for computer (com), Facebook (fac), Internet (inr) and Website (web) The results also pulled out the charges from the disposal tables. All the records were looked up on NPICCS to ascertain if they were relevant to the FOI request. The results do not count records that only make reference to social media or site and do not detail the specific website or provider.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would expect you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above 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.

With the above in mind please see the below.

1.  2011 - 61
     2012 - 59
     2013 - 67

2. 2011 - 29
    2012 - 12
    2013 - 15

3. Information given below is broken down into Home Office descriptions: 

Please note: the number of recorded crimes will not necessarily equate to the number of people ultimately charged.

2011    Drugs   1
          Other Offences   14
          Robbery   1
          Sexual Offences   2
          Violence Against the Person   11

2012   Other Offences   7
          Sexual Offences   2
          Violence Against the Person   2

2013    Other Offences   3
          Violence Against the Person   11

 4. 2012 - 4
     2013 - 4

5.  2012 - 1
     2013 - 1

6.  2012 -  Other offences  1
     2013 - Violence against the person 1

7,8 & 9 - None


Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.


How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.

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