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Dog Theft (1287A/20)

Request

i What were the total number of dog theft crimes in 2020 (monthly breakdown if possible)?

ii What was the outcome (charge/summons, community resolution, active investigation, evidential difficulties, no suspect identified) for each dog theft crime in 2020?

iii How many dogs were listed with each dog theft crime in 2020?

iv If this question doesn’t take us beyond the time required for free FOI feedback, can details about stolen dog breed, gender, age and location of theft (walk, home, garden, outside shop, from car etc) also be provided for 2020 please?

Response

Please see our response enclosed.

Question i:

Number of dogs reported as stolen in 2020
Date Record Created Total
Jan 2
Mar 2
May 1
Jun 1
Jul 1
Aug 3
Sep 1
Oct 1
Nov 5
Dec 0
Grand Total 17

 

Question iii:

From the crime reports each report relates to one dog.

 

 

 

 

 

Question ii:

Year 2020 Outcome Code Clear Up Description Total
Month / 2020 NAMED SUSPECT IDENTIFIED: VICTIM SUPPORTS POLICE ACTION BUT EVIDENTIAL DIFFICULTIES PREVENT FURTHER ACTION INVESTIGATION COMPLETE: NO SUSPECT IDENTIFIED. CRIME INVESTGATED AS FAR AS REASONABLY POSSIBLE – CASE CLOSED PENDING FURTHER INVESTIGATIVE OPPORTUNITIES BECOMING AVAILABLE
Jan   2 2
Mar 1 1 2
May 1   1
Jun 1   1
Jul   1 1
Aug 1 2 3
Sep   1 1
Oct   1 1
Nov 2 3 5
Grand Total 6 11 17

 

Question iv:

The following information has been retrieved from the modus operandi notes (MO) of the crimes, not all the MO notes have all the information recorded, however the information that has been recorded is summarised below:

Breeds:

French Bulldog x 2; Pug x 2; Japanese Akita Alaska; French pug cross; Jack Russell; German shepherd; Chihuahua; Staffordshire bull mastiff cross, Staffordshire bull terrier cross.

Gender:

Female x 2

Age:

12 weeks old x 2

8 month old

Location:

Vehicle; Garden x 4; Street x 2; Sold by a friend/family member without permission x 5; House x 3

 

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

 

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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