Disclosure Details

Thefts - 137/17

Dated: 07 Mar 2017

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 February 2017 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:

How many thefts from tradespeople's vans were recorded in the force area over the last 12 months?

How many of these incidents resulted in a visit from an officer?

How many were simply given a crime number?

How many of these incidents were actively investigated?

How many resulted in a prosecution? 

I would also request the figures of the same questions only for shop lifting Offences.


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. 

It is not possible for us to identify whether any theft was  from a 'tradesperson's ' van so we are unable to provide a response to your  questions at these points.

There were 12,375 shoplifting offences .

6649 of these incidents resulted in a visit from an officer and were actively investigated.

5726 incidents were dealt with without an officer attending.  We would not be able to establish which of these were provided with  a crime number within the permitted tine constraints.

973 people were charged with shoplifting. 

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.