Disclosure Details

Cyber Crime - 322/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:  27/03/2012

Date of response:  19/04/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 27 March  2012 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. The number of cyber-crimes committed in the last five years, for each year separately

  2. How did the cyber-crimes break down e.g. harassment, fraud etc.

  3. How many crimes in the last five years have involved social media (Facebook, YouTube etc.),  for each year separately

  4. How do the crimes involving social media break down e.g. harassment, fraud etc.  

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 Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

As there is no Home Office code under which such crimes are recorded the results for this FOI are based on a search of all incidents using the list of keywords below, then selecting those with a crime attached.

"Twitter, Facebook, Face book, Ebay, My Space, Form Spring, On line, On-line, Internet, Internet Forum, Chat room, Bebo, You tube, Social Network, Email, MSN, Messenger, Paypal, Cyber crime, Cyber, Internet crime"

The resulting crimes have then been viewed to enable a response to be provided for the questions posed.  In selecting which crimes to count only those crimes where the use of the internet formed part of the MO have been provided.

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 mater

With the above in mind please see the attached spreadsheet below.

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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