Pet Theft (4950_14)

Request / Response

1. For the calendar years 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010:

(a) the total number of crimes which involved the theft of a pet or other animal; and, for each of these crimes,

(b) the date, the number and species of animal(s) taken, and the area from which they were allegedly taken

Count of Recorded Crime for Theft of a Pet or Animal, by Month from 01 January 2010 to 31 December 2014

Year 2010 2011 2012 2013
January 9 17 2 7
February 7 8 1 4
March 15 13 1 2
April 18 14 3 8
May 23 11 5 5
June 15 17 4 6
July 20 5 3 4
August 16 7 6 6
September 14 5 10 3
October 15 6 7 7
November 15 12 3 7
December 14 4 7 1
Total 181 119 52 60

Count of Recorded Crime for Theft of a Pet or Animal, by Species of Animal, from 01 January 2010 to 31 December 2014

Species 2010 2011 2012 2013
Bird 58 27 9 12
Cat 2 2 0 4
Chinchilla 1 0 0 0
Cow 0 1 0 0
Dog 98 70 32 34
Ferret 2 1 0 0
Fish 8 8 5 3
Guinea Pig 1 0 0 1
Horse 1 1 2 3
Pony 1 0 0 0
Rabbit 4 3 3  
Reptile 4 5 1 2
Sheep 0 1 0 1
Not Known 1 0 0 0
Total 181 119 52 60

Please note that there may be more than one animal taken per incident

Count of Recorded Crime for Theft of a Pet or Animal, by Local Policing Unit Area, from 01 January 2010 to 31 December 2014

Local Policing Unit Area 2010 2011 2012 2013
Birmingham East 21 17 6 6
Birmingham North 10 7 4 2
Birmingham South 15 12 4 6
Birmingham West & Central 14 8 9 7
Coventry 30 20 7 8
Dudley 15 7 6 4
Solihull 7 8 2 7
Sandwell 13 12 5 6
Walsall 44 16 5 9
Wolverhampton 12 12 4 5
Total 181 119 52 60

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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