Burglaries committed in 2018 (10520/19)

Request

  1. Please could you tell me how many burglaries were committed in your area in 2018?

 

  1. Please could you provide a breakdown of the value of items stolen in burglaries in your area in 2018?

 

  1. Please could you tell me the most common items stolen in burglaries in your area in 2018?

 

Please do let me know if this information is not possible to acquire. I’m happy for you to provide what you have if you don’t have all of them, or if you don’t have this specifically but maybe something similar.

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format.in relation to the value of items stolen in burglaries in your area in 2018? As the value field is not a mandatory field and therefore not always completed. For Question 3 we do record items in terms of most common items, we record and list the items stolen under a main category and therefore have provided this.

The cost of compliance with the whole of your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12(1) of the FOI Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

Therefore the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request

However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can provide a response in relation to Question 1 and a total of the Item as recorded in the main category of our systems  for Question 3 as this was retrieved during our initial research. This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#fees-and-charges

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