Disclosure Details

Detected Crime Figures - 830/12

Dated: 06 Nov 2012

Date of request:   24/10/2012

Date of response:   30/10/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 24 October 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: 

I would like to find out where is crime most likely to be solved in the force command area - filtered by postcode or sector area – which ever the force holds readily on file. 
Specifically I am looking to identify how many crimes were detected in each postcode area/ sector area between the financial year 2011/12. 
If possible would like the information to be listed in total figures (e.g. 2,000 of 10,000 of crimes in NE1 were detected) and also in percentage (e.g. 20% of crimes in NE1 were detected). 
I refer to detected crimes meaning crimes recorded when a suspect is identified and charged, arrested reported for an offence or cautioned. 
I would also like to be able to compare the most recent figures with the previous year’s figure - just to be able to see if there is an increase or decline in detected crimes.

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 however to extract information down to post code, as per your request, would involve scrutinising in excess of 45,000 postcodes which are recorded as being in the Northumbria Police force area.  Clearly this would not be possible within the  time limits of the Act, we have therefore given down to sector level to keep your request within the prescribed time.

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

The number of total detections given below includes all ‘positive disposals’. This includes crimes detected by means of community resolution and YOT triage. These are not included when talking about the ‘sanction detection rate’ – the figure usually quoted when one force’s rate is compared with another (this is because up until recently, unlike Northumbria, not all forces used community resolution/YOT triage).

The crimes are any crimes created in the periods specified and likewise the detections are any crimes detected in that period, regardless of when the crime took place. The rate is not how many of the crimes created that were detected.

With the above in mind please see the below attached spreadsheet

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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