Crimes - 340/16
Dated: 06 Apr 2016
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 9 March 2016 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions
1. Please state the total number of reported crimes committed by individuals aged 65 and over, recorded by your force, in each of the following calendar years: a) 2012, b) 2013, c) 2014, d) 2015 and e) 2016 so far.
2. For each crime reported in the yearly totals above, please provide the following information in an excel spreadsheet:
a) Year of crime
b) Gender of offender
c) Age of offender (at time of crime)
d) Alleged offence
If you cannot provide the answer to question 2 within the cost limits of the Act, I would be grateful if you could answer question 1.
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 am able to disclose the located information to you as follows below, however the following should be noted.
Question 1 includes the the total number of crimes.
Question 2 includes all crimes but in this there may be multiple offenders per crime, so the count for question 2 is higher than question 1
Some of the ages are approximate, as there was no date of birth recorded to calculate age at arrest, but recording systems searched have approximate ages, therefore that is what has been provided.
Some of these offences will be historic offences
Data for 2016 is up until the 9th of March.
In order to avoid exemptions being applied, we have been unable to break the data down by gender per offence category, as per point 2b) of your request. I can however advise that the total of women offenders out of the overall total of 2732 offenders is 560.
If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would expect that you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above so as not to mislead members of the public or official bodies or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.
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
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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.