Disclosure Details

Crime in pharmacies - 434/13

Dated: 17 Jun 2013

Date of request:     13/05/2013

Date of response:   13/06/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 13 May  2013 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: 

I would like to request some information relating to crimes committed at pharmacies in the Northumbria Police area under the Freedom of Information Act. Please can you supply the following information:

  1. The total number of crimes that occurred at premises registered as a pharmacy (which may be termed as a  "chemist" in location codes) between January 1 and December 31 2012 

  2. How many shoplifting incidents occurred at a registered pharmacy between January 1 and December 31 2012? 

  3. How many incidents of robbery, attempted robbery, or burglary occurred at premises registered as a pharmacy (which may be termed as a  "chemist" in location codes) in your area between January 1 and December 31 2012? 

  4. How many assaults or violent crimes including arson were committed at a registered pharmacy between January 1 and December 31 2012?  

  5. Please can you supply details of the incidents described in points 3 and 4, including:

    a) time and date of reported crime

    b) if suspects were believed to be armed (and details of suspected weapons, eg knife, firearm)

    c) whether anyone was hurt

    d) The number of people proceeded against in relation to these incidents, and the type of proceeding  and outcome that took place (charge, caution, etc).

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

The information for this request was obtained by searching for crimes where the location is recorded as either a chemist of a pharmacy for the period 01/01/2012 - 31/12/2012

Each of these records have then been viewed in order that we can extract the information requested.

  1. 402

  2. 335 

  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 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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