Disclosure Details

Burglary - 754/14

Dated: 08 Oct 2014

Date of request:      18/09/14

Date of response:  08/10/14

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

Thank you for your email dated 18 September 2014 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: 

 I would like to request information of how many home burglaries have been reported to your force in the last three years (2011, 2012 and 2013), and the access points that were used to gain entry.

To summarise, I would like to know:

1) A month by month figure of how many home burglaries there have been reported to your force between January 2011 and December 2013
2) The access point that was used to gain entry in each of these cases (eg through the front door, garage door, a window, etc)
3) The number of cases each month where entry was gained through a breach of security, for example breaking a lock on a door rather than simply entering through an open window. 

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 Strategy and Performance Unit 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.

The information provided has been collated by searching for all crimes for 'Domestic Burglary' for the period requested.  This will also include attempted burglaries.
The access point has been identified using the 'Point/Place' field on the Modus Operandi (MO) screen of our recording system,  used to record the point of entry.
Whether entry was gained through breach of security e.g. breaking a lock, has been established using the 'Method/Means' field on the MO screen of our recording system.
With the above in mind please see the attached which answers your query in full

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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