Disclosure Details

Thefts from Police - 433/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:   16/05/2012

Date of response:   18/06/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 16 May 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: 

Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to request the following information concerning thefts of items from police in your force area for the 12 months leading up to April 2012 (ie 1/4/11-31/3/12).

  1. What was stolen (please be as specific as possible ie - Samsung Galaxy SII mobile phone rather than police mobile phone).

  2. Where was it taken from (ie from the police HQ, a police station, police car etc, with as much specific detail as you are able to give eg which Police station, where was the police car parked etc.)

  3. When was it taken.

  4. What was the value of each stolen item.

  5. Was the item ever recovered.

  6. Was anyone ever prosecuted in relation to the theft.

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

The list includes offences which involve property being stolen from Northumbria Police premises (includes some crimes where the victim is not Northumbria Police) as well as crimes where Northumbria Police is recorded as the victim of the offence.

Searches have been made for any acquisitive crimes, namely burglary, robbery and other theft (incl. TFMV).

Some of the properties have nominal values on the crime report, e.g. handcuffs valued at £1.  This is where the exact value was not known by the officer when the crime was created.

With the above in mind please see the document attached below which answers your request.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link below:-


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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