Crimes of child abduction (7116_16)

Request

1.From 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, how many crimes* of child abduction by a parent (Home Office classification^ 13/1) were recorded in the West Midlands?

2. From 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, how many crimes* of child abduction by other persons (Home Office classification^ 13/2) were recorded in the West Midlands?

3. From 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, how many crimes* of kidnapping (Home Office classification^ 36) when the victim was aged under 18 at the time of the offence were recorded in the West Midlands?

*I’m looking for information on crimes recorded rather than `incidents.
^Home Office classification number refers to the Counting Rules: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/299318/count-violence-april-2014.pdf

In addition, if the relevant cost limits for this request are not exceeded, I would be very grateful if you could tell me:

4.Of the number of offences given at 1 above (child abduction by a parent): how many were attempted abductions and how many were completed abductions?

5.Of the number of offences given at 2 above (child abduction by other persons): how many were attempted abductions and how many were completed abductions?

6.Of the number of offences given at 3 above (child kidnapping): how many were attempted abductions and how many were completed abductions?

If cost limits are exceeded
If questions 4 to 6 above results in the overall cost limit being exceeded for this Freedom of Information request, then please ignore questions 4 to 6 and only return data for questions 1 to 3.

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide the information for question 4 / 5 / 6 in relation to “attempted” , to retrieve this information would involve a manual search of force records and the summary notes reviewed to ascertain the circumstances of the case. Therefore, please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).

The cost of compliance with 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 of the Freedom of information 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.

A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, and as detailed within your original request “to only provide a response in relation to question 1 / 2 and 3 if the remainder of the request – question 4 / 5 / 6 would exceed the cost threshold” therefore I have provided a response to question 1 / 2 / 3 only, I trust this is helpful.

1.From 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, how many crimes* of child abduction by a parent (Home Office classification^ 13/1) were recorded in the West Midlands? -16

2. From 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, how many crimes* of child abduction by other persons (Home Office classification^ 13/2) were recorded in the West Midlands? – 78

3. From 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, how many crimes* of kidnapping (Home Office classification^ 36) when the victim was aged under 18 at the time of the offence were recorded in the West Midlands? – 15

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

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.

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