Disclosure Details

Car jackings - 675/16

Dated: 04 Jul 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 5 June  2016 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

1.Please may I ask how many car-jacking incidents there have been in the previous five financial years? (separated by financial year).

By car-jacking I mean 'robberies of motor vehicles where the driver has been present', also sometimes called vehicle hijacking.

2.Could you also please give me a brief description of each car-jacking in 2015/16 (if allowed within the time limit). 

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 as the information you have requested is not held in a format that can be retrieved within the time limits of the Act.

There is no specific offence of 'car jacking', such offences are likely to be recorded as 'Taking Without Owners Consent' (TWOC) or Personal Robbery.

To provide information which meets the criteria of your request would entail a member of staff manually reviewing all TWOC and Personal Robbery offences for the five year period you specified to determine which, if any, concern car jacking.  Initial indications are that for a single year this would involve over 1600 offences.  Even at a very conservative estimate of 1 minute per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 26 hours for one year alone, therefore Section 12 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.