Disclosure Details

Theft - 318/15

Dated: 13 Apr 2015

Date of request:       25/03/15

Date of response:    13/04/15

Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 25 March 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.

You asked: 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to ask for information on crimes reported within your area between March 1st 2014 and February 28th 2015 (inclusive).

Could you share the following: -        

1. The number of offences involving theft reported in total        
2. The number of those offences that involved the taking of computing and communications devices i.e. mobile and smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktop computers, computing equipment.        
3. How many of the reported takings of computing and communications devices were from private individuals
4. How many of the reported takings of computing and communications devices were from businesses or other organisations (e.g. local Government, health services, etc.)
I would be very grateful for any information you could provide, but if time is limited then just the answers to the first two questions (i.e. number of  reported incidents and the number that involved taking computers and communications devices) would be fantastic.

NOTE: If it is not possible to provide a breakdown in this detail , then please simply provide the results as you record them.

To clarify may I request that I’m provided with the recorded crimes of theft? This would be more useful than the number of reported incidents.   

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.

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

The inforrmation provided is based on those crimes under the group of theft and handling.

1. 21,334

2. 2,472

3. and 4.  The information requested at these points is not retrievable within the 18 hour time threshold specified in the Act. To establish which thefts were from businesses and which were from individuals would require a manual review of all 2,472 thefts at point 2 .  Even at a conservative estimate of 2 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 80 hours, therefore Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act would apply to the whole request.  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.

As  the information requested at points 3 and 4 is not retrievable within the prescribed time limit, we have provided responses to points 1 and 2 only, as you specified. 

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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