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Car Theft (701A/22)


I would like to request the number of car thefts (vehicle’s themselves) and thefts from motor vehicles, reported for Earlsdon, Coventry CV5 over the last 5 calendar years.

Clarification received 30/05/2022:

Part 1 is just theft of cars themselves.

Part 2 is theft from motor vehicles to include cars, vans, motorcycles.

If part 2 is too vast within the time limit allowed, please only provide thefts from cars only.


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

This is because our current crime database does not have the facility to search for and retrieve recording fields that denote the vehicle type. This means that in order to answer part 1 (car thefts) we would have to retrieve all records for the offence of theft of a motor vehicle, and then manually review each one to identify what the vehicle type was. Due to the volume of data, to conduct this manual search would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).

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.

However, under Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can provide the number of all vehicles stolen and thefts from vehicles in Earlsdon, Coventry CV5 over the last 5 calendar years, as this was retrieved during our initial research. Please find this below.

Theft of a Motor Vehicle in Earlsdon, CV5, Coventry:

Year Total
2017 27
2018 29
2019 43
2020 65
2021 34
2022 14
Grand Total 212

Theft From a Motor Vehicle in Earlsdon, CV5, Coventry:

Year Total
2017 129
2018 158
2019 117
2020 106
2021 81
2022 32
Grand Total 623

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

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

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.


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