Night hawking (1187_18)

Request

The numbers of crimes committed in your police force area during each of 2015, 2016, and 2017 that meet any of the following criteria:

Nighthawking / night hawking / looting / illicit metal detecting / illegal metal detecting / going equipped with a metal detector / theft from archaeological site / theft from heritage asset / theft from ground

Regarding each case identified above:

Were any items were reported stolen?

What was the date of the offence? (Or the month, if precise date cannot be shared)

What was the location? (I understand there may be issues around identifiability, so an approximate area if necessary)

What was the outcome of each case, where available (e.g. whether offender identified, prosecuted)?

Were there multiple offences at a single site (repeat victimisation)?

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.

 

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.

 

Nighthawking / night hawking / looting / illicit metal detecting / illegal metal detecting / going equipped with a metal detector / theft from archaeological site / theft from heritage asset / theft from ground

 

Regarding each case identified above:

 

Were any items were reported stolen?

 

Metal – Lead

 

What was the date of the offence? (Or the month, if precise date cannot be shared)

 

1 Offence of Theft – August

 

What was the location? (I understand there may be issues around identifiability, so an approximate area if necessary)

 

Birmingham West Neighbourhood Policing Unit

 

What was the outcome of each case, where available (e.g. whether offender identified, prosecuted)?

 

Investigation complete: no suspect identified. Crime investigated as far as reasonably possible – case closed pending further investigative opportunities becoming available.

 

Were there multiple offences at a single site (repeat victimisation)?

 

N/A

 

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.Attachments

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