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Catalytic Converter Thefts (944A/22)


The number of catalytic converter thefts recorded by your force in each of the last five calendar years (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021).

If possible, can you also provide a breakdown of the outcomes recorded for these offences in each year?


Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide all of this information within the appropriate (cost) limit of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

However, although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (see table below). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request:

TABLE – Catalytic converter theft offences, 01 January 2017 to 31 March 2021:

Outcome Year Grand Total
2017 2018 2019 2020 2021*
Filed, no Suspect, no further enquiries 45 59 249 732 412 1,497
Suspect ID: Other Evidential Difficulty 3 3
Suspect ID: Victim Evidential Difficulty 2 2
Blank (No Outcome) 5 21 26
Grand Total 45 59 249 742 433 1,528

* 2021 part year to 31 March

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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