Crimes - Social Media

Reference Number: 

20171156
Dates

Request Date: 

Monday, 26 June, 2017

Response Date: 

Tuesday, 11 July, 2017

Request Details: 

Please provide a list of all reported crimes from January 1st, 2010 onwards to date where the words 'Grindr', 'Tinder', 'Plenty of Fish', 'Bumble', 'Match.com' or 'Happn' appear or are referenced to in the police log.

For each crime, please provide the date when it was logged, and the name of the offence.

Exemptions Applied: 

None

SYP Response: 

Clarification following link to similar request:

Thank you - this is helpful 

http://www.southyorkshire.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/crimes-relating-dating-apps

As this FOI was made in December 2016, are you able to simply conduct the same search but from then until the current date? [June 27, 2017].

RESPONSE

I approached our Crime Management System (CMS) Analyst for assistance with your request.  She conducted the same search of the system using the criteria set by the previous reques  and provided the below data and the following explanation.

There is currently no marker within CMS(ii) to identify crimes that relate to the specified app\sites, therefore I can only provide details of offences where such has been mentioned in the circumstances of offence free text field or the MO free text field  and where the below MO and\or weapon types are recorded.

MO - SEX MO-OFFENCE COMMITTED ON THE INTERNET (EMAIL/CHAT ROOM) and/ or VICTIM SUBJECT TO HARASSMENT - SOCIAL NETWORKS

And/or weapon type - WRITTEN COMMUNICATION-SOCIAL NETWORKS

I have searched CMS(II) crime register for such crimes recorded between for the calendar 01-JAN-2017 and 31-MAY-2017.  I have not provided any data for June as the data has not yet been audited.  No results were returned for the following –

HAPPN

DATING APP

OK CUPID

ONLINE DATING

The following numbers were returned for the below –

TINDER – 4

GRINDR – 1

PLENTY OF FISH – 3

DATING WEBSITE – 2

DATING SITE - 3

Some offences may mention more than one of the listed social networks.

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