Tablet theft - 839/15
Dated: 29 Sep 2015
Date of request: 18/09/15
Date of response: 29/09/15
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 2015 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.
I would like to know the following:
The number of tablet computers reported stolen in each of the last five financial years (i.e. 2010-11 to 2014-15 inclusive).
For each year I would also like to know the makes of the tablet computers (e.g. Apple iPad, Samsung) and the number of each make reported stolen.
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 cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.
The information is not held in an easily retrievable format. Tablets may be recorded as i-pad, computer, lap top, hand-held computer etc, therefore searches made for 'tablet' would not capture an accurate figure of those items reported at stolen. Initial searches were made on the above keywords and this brought back 1193 such items reported as stolen. That was for the year period 2014/15. Each of those would need to be viewed to establish which were recorded as a 'tablet'. Even at a conservative estimate of 1.5 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information, for that time period alone, would take over 29 hours. Further time would then be needed to establish the make of each tablet and then collate figures for how many of each make of tablet. As this request would exceed the permitted time constraints, Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for that part of your request.
When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under Section 16 of the Act would normally entail that we contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits. However, from the information we have outlined above I see no reasonable way in which we can do so.
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/freedom_of_information/disclosure_log/foi_complaint_rights/
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.