Disclosure Details

Dogs stolen - 1040/14

Dated: 26 Jan 2015

Date of request:      15/12/14

Date of response:    06/01/15

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

Thank you for your email dated 15 December 2014 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 the following information under the Freedom of  Information Act -

How many dogs were stolen in your force area in the 12 months until  November 2014 (ie from 1/12/13 to 30/11/14) or for the most recent 12  month period for which you have figures.
For each of these thefts can you tell me the breed of the dog, the location the dog was stolen from (or the situation ie while being walked, from owner's home etc), the value of the dog, whether the dog was ever returned to its owner and whether anyone was ever arrested and then convicted for 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 am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The information provided is based on crimes reported between 01/12/2013 and 30/11/2014 in which the item of property stolen was a dog.

Please note, more than one dog can be stolen per recorded crime.  The response is a list of all dogs stolen, with a crime reference added to indicate to how many crimes this relates.

The information regarding dogs returned to owners is based on manually reviewing the crime record for any mention of this.

The arrest and conviction information is based on at least one individual being arrested and convicted.

With the above in mind please see the attached which fully answers your query.

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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