Crime statistics for Birmingham regarding the top ten most common methods used by burglars to break into residential houses, flats and bungalows (ie broken windows, through the back door/front door, insufficient locks, climbing into open windows, disabling burglar alarms) over the last year.
To be clear, I am not looking for information regarding car theft or property damage. The information I require is purely regarding residential break ins and how they happen.
Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. To enable us to locate this information we would need to manually search every record, of which there were in excess of 4,500 residential burglaries in the Birmingham area in 2014/15.
Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).
Therefore, the cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.
A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.
I am unable to suggest any practical way in which your request may be modified in order to satisfy your query or bring it within the 18 hours stipulated by the Regulations. I am however willing to consider any refinements that you are able to make to your request.