Please can I have the following information under an FOI request?
1) The number of stolen pets (dogs, cats, horses, other small animals) OR crimes involving stolen pets in 2017 (1 January – 31 December).
2) If recorded, the species and breed of animals stolen in 2017 (1 Jan – 31 Dec).
3) Please provide locations (where known) involving theft of the animal eg house/street/garden in 2017 (1 Jan – 31 Dec)
Please find attached our response.
Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution.
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.