Livestock Theft (FOI 5041_14)

Request

I am writing to ask if, under the Freedom of Information Act, you could make available a log of incidents/crimes reported in the force area from October 1 to March 31 2013/2014.

 

How many sheep have been stolen between October 1 to March 31 2013/2014?

 

How many other forms of livestock were stolen between October 1 to March 31 2013/2014?

 

How many tractors were stolen between October 1 to March 31 2013/2014?

 

How many All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) i.e quad bikes were stolen between October 1 to March 31 2013/2014?

 

How much other farm equipment was stolen since October 1 to March 31 2013/2014?

 

How many thefts of red diesel or fuel in general were there between October 1 to March 31 2013/2014?

Response

How many sheep have been stolen between October 1 to March 31 2013/2014?

=1

How many other forms of livestock were stolen between October 1 to March 31 2013/2014?

A search of property notes for ‘livestock’ brings no records but with using the category description as ‘Animal’ provides the following 4 cases where animals were stolen during that period

11 chickens

21 chickens and 1 duck

1 horse

1 Shetland pony

How many tractors were stolen between October 1 to March 31 2013/2014?

=2

How many All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) i.e quad bikes were stolen between October 1 to March 31 2013/2014?

=29.

How much other farm equipment was stolen since October 1 to March 31 2013/2014?

A search of property notes where the category description is ‘Plant and Equipment’ and location description is like Farm provides

1 Micro digger

How many thefts of red diesel or fuel in general were there between October 1 to March 31 2013/2014?

A search of category description ‘Fuel’ and location description of ‘Farm’ brings no records.

A search of Property notes for ‘Red Diesel’

= 4 crimes

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.

 

 

 

 

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.

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