Charities (403_15)

Request

Under the Freedom of Information Act I’d like to know how many crimes were carried out involving charitable organisations in the West Midlands. I’d like to know what kind of crime, what the crime was, if it was burglary what was taken, if crim damage what was damaged, if a charity collection tin was taken and so one etc. I’d also like to know the top 10 specific charitable organisations targeted by criminals eg West Midlands Air Ambulance, and what crimes were carried out against them. All data for 2012, 2013 and 2014 with separate figures for each year please.

Alteration

We are able to perform a keyword search for offences where the MO notes contain the following words: charity, charitable, non profit, not for profit.

Response

Please find attached our response.

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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