AirBnB and Tik Tok Crimes - 366/20

Date Responded 11 March 2020

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

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

You asked:

  1. In the 2019 calendar year how many crimes were logged by your force where Airbnb was recorded as being an element in the offence. [Note: I would hope that this could be achieved by a computer search on the MO of crimes for the word/s ‘airbnb’, ‘air bnb’, ‘air-bnb’ and ‘air bandb’.
  2. Please provide me with a table showing a breakdown of the crimes from Question 1 that are ‘linked’ to Airbnb by its mention in the MO.
  3. Taking and start date in May 2019 please provide me with copies of the first 10 MOs that mention Airbnb. [Note: To avoid falling into an exemption I an content for the names, ages, geography or any other detail to be redacted to allow for the disclosure of the incident and how it relates to Airbnb.]

4 – 6 Could you please go through the same process in answering Question 1, 2 and 3 but instead of Airbnb please carry out the process in relation to the website Tik Tok.

In Response:

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 am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.


Criminal Damage                      1

Violence Against the Person      1


Known Person Books Room Through Air Bnb Whilst In Room Proceed To Cause Damage Then Book Out Of Room Failing To Notify Owner Of Damage Make Off Without Offering To Make Any Payment For Damage 


Sexual Offences                       2

Violence Against the Person      4


Offender Sends Threatening Message To Victim Via Tik Tok Social Media Site.

Offender Asks IP For Naked Photos Offender Then Sends IP A Naked Photo Of Himself and Him Masturbating.

Offender Has Sent Numerous Snapchat Messages And Tik Tok Videos To The IP; These Are Of A Sexual Nature And Are Abusive.

Unknown Male Send Indecent Image Of His Penis To Victim.


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