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Burglaries (514A/20)

Request

I would like to request information on the total number of reported burglaries including technology devices from offices and commercial properties, and residential properties in your area between 30th June 2019 and 30th June 2020. In this instance “technology devices” should include smartphones, tablets, laptops, e-readers, desktop computers and smart home assistants.

The data should make clear the total value of goods stolen per reported burglary and a total for all instances in the time period, as well as a breakdown of device types stolen per incident as per the above.

Data should be broken down by property type as per the following: office/commercial, residential, student accommodation, HMO/student housing.

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.

This is because the property and value of goods fields are not mandatory fields within our systems, therefore they are not populated in the majority of cases. This means that although property will be recorded elsewhere within the crime file, we would have to manually review each of these crime files to determine what property was stolen and whether the value of the goods has been recorded. However, to conduct this manual examination would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).

This means that the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request.

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#fees-and-charges

However, in accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can provide information concerning the number of burglaries between 30th June 2019 and 30th June 2020 broken down by offence title. Please find this data below.

Offence Count
AGGRAVATED BURGLARY BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY 7
AGGRAVATED BURGLARY RESIDENTIAL 84
ATTEMPT AGGRAVATED BURGLARY BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY 2
ATTEMPT AGGRAVATED BURGLARY RESIDENTIAL 12
ATTEMPT BURGLARY BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY 664
ATTEMPT BURGLARY RESIDENTIAL 3,654
ATTEMPT DISTRACTION BURGLARY RESIDENTIAL 11
BURGLARY BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY 4,719
BURGLARY DWELLING CONSPIRE 4
BURGLARY RESIDENTIAL 12,687
DISTRACTION BURGLARY RESIDENTIAL 173
Grand Total 22,017

This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests.

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