Crimes in Schools (1231A/22
I would like to request the number of crimes that have taken place in schools in Birmingham in 2020, 2021, 2022 to date.
Please can I request that they are categorised by crime type and outcome
Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format. In relation to crimes that have taken place in schools in Birmingham as we do not have a central recording category that identify “in a school “ each log would need to be located and retrieved and manually read to see if it mentioned the circumstances of where the crime took place .
Therefore, 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, 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 in relation to crimes whereby the location field has been updated with school,
However please note that the crime may not necessarily have occurred in the school premises, rather the school may be the nearest identifiable landmark and so has been entered into the crime report.
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: