Thefts - 668/15
Dated: 23 Feb 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 17 July 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.
1. How many thefts have been reported at ‘care homes’ and ‘nursing homes’ over the last three years?
Please provide the figures in calendar years, broken down by i)2012 ii)2013 iii)2014 iii)2015 – January-June.
If the information above will be accessed using ‘care home’ and ‘nursing home’ as search terms, please also include ‘retirement facility’, ‘retirement home’ – and any other terms you think may be appropriate to obtain the information.
2. Ideally, I would like the information for each incident in a list form including: year, item stolen, and estimated value of the item.
3. My priority is figures for all thefts reported. However, if it is possible, separately provide whether an individual was charged for the theft. If an individual was charged, please include whether this was an, ‘employee’ or ‘other’. I appreciate that this information may exceed cost limit or may not be held. If this is the case, please exclude (3.) from my request, and just provide the figures for all thefts reported, as stated in (1.) and (2.)
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.
For clarity you advised that you required that we searched for crime reports of theft with the ‘M.O. Scene code’ of ‘Home – Care’ attached to them, however due to there being very similar locations it has been merged with 'Care Home' in our response. Such premises will include nursing homes, childrens care homes, communal home etc.
2012 - 74
2013 - 77
2014 - 104
2015* - 44
* up to 30/06/15
2 & 3. See below attached.
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.
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.