Cat and Dog Theft (2786/15)

Request

Please see below FOI request questions:

 

1)            Does West Midlands Police force record data on reported pet (cat and dog) theft?

 

2)            If so, what were the figures for reported crimes of dog and cat theft in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014?

 

3)            Does West Midlands Police distinguish between cat and dog theft and other types of theft?

 

4)            What details do you record about the stolen cat or dog?

 

5)            Do you record the breed of dog stolen?

 

6)            Do you record the value of the animal stolen and how is this figure ascertained?

Response

1)            Does West Midlands Police force record data on reported pet (cat and dog) theft?

 

Yes

 

2)            If so, what were the figures for reported crimes of dog and cat theft in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014?

 

The attached table provides recorded crimes by offence title, where ‘Dog’ ‘Cat’ is recorded in the sub category description and ‘stolen’ is in the status.

 

3)            Does West Midlands Police distinguish between cat and dog theft and other types of theft?

 

Our offence headers are in line with the Home Office Counting Rules/National Crime Recording Standards so we do distinguish between different types of theft, i.e. Theft Other/Theft from Person/Robbery although there is not a separate offence for cat/dog theft.

 

 

4)            What details do you record about the stolen cat or dog?

 

Identifiable property is recorded and there is a facility to add an animal (cat/dog) as stolen property if the incident included such a theft. We would include as much detail that is available on the crime report. We would also look to record items of high value or those that are sufficiently unusual on an additional property page e.g. name of animal, description of animal, breed, micro chipped, collar type etc

 

 

5)            Do you record the breed of dog stolen?

 

Yes, where it is known

 

6)            Do you record the value of the animal stolen and how is this figure ascertained?

 

Yes, where it is known

 

 

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

 

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

 

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

 

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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