Disclosure Details

Theft from Police - 051/15

Dated: 10 Feb 2015

Date of request:      17/01/15

Date of response:    10/02/15

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

Thank you for your email dated 17 January 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.

You asked: 

The number of thefts from police stations, police property (such as patrol cars) or officers (while on duty), broken down by year, for 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Specifically, I would like to know the items stolen, i.e. handcuffs, uniforms, or patrol cars etc.,  the cost of the items stolen, the location of the theft, and if available, the cost of investigating those thefts.

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 in part by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

With regards to the information up to 15th April 2014 the below exemption applies.

As the information you have requested is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.
This information has been asked for previously, released and is published on our Disclosure Log via the Northumbria Police website, FOI 393/14 refers, and the link to the Log is below.  As  that part of the request is therefore freely available and in the public domain S21 is relevant.

With regards to the remainder of your request regarding items stolen, that is data from 16th April 2014, please see the below attached document.
With regards to the costs of investigations of those thefts, such information is not collated, therefore no information is held.


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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