Catalytic Converters (22273_18)

Request

I am seeking information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in relation to the theft of catalytic converters from motor vehicles (including cars, vans and HGVs).

In particular could you tell me?

1) The number of reports of “thefts from motor vehicles” logged in your force area over the last five years? Please supply data for 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013. Note: if data is only available by financial year please supply this for 2017/18, 2016/17, 2015/16, 2014/15 and 2013/14. 

2) Please tell me how many of the above reports involved the theft or attempted theft of a catalytic converter. Again, please provide a breakdown of the figures for the last five years.

Response

Please find enclosed our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/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.

1) The number of reports of “thefts from motor vehicles” logged in your force area over the last five years? Please supply data for 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.

 

Calendar Year Thefts from Motor Vehicles
2013 16,575
2014 16,490
2015 16,650
2016 18,486
2017 21,080

 

2) Please tell me how many of the above reports involved the theft or attempted theft of a catalytic converter. Again, please provide a breakdown of the figures for the last five years. (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.)

 

Year Theft/Attempted Theft of Catalytic Converter
2013 284
2014 171
2015 115
2016 89
2017 43
Grand Total 702

 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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