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Domestic Burglaries (15704/19)


Can you please provide the following information in regards to domestic burglaries between Apr¿18 – Mar-19, within the enforcement area or the most up to date annual time period you have available.

  1. How many residential burglaries were committed in the enforcement area?
  2. What were the points of entry used to gain entry i.e. how many by door (front or rear), window (front, rear, upper or lower) or other
  3. What were the methods to gain entry i.e. how many used a key, were insecure (walked in), attacked door, attacked window, climbed in or other
  4. What time the incidents occurred i.e. how many occurred in the morning, afternoon, evening, night-time
  5. type of damage and estimated cost of damage incurred by incidents
  6. Cost of stolen items in incidents i.e. how many incidents results in £0 – £50 worth of stolen items, £51 -100 worth of stolen items, £101 – 200 worth of stolen items etc.
  7. Offender characteristics in incidents i.e. age group, gender, number of offenders, ethnicity


Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format. In relation 2 / 3  / 5 / 6 as this would mean each log would need to be manually reviewed to see if this information is contained within the crime report for Question 4 we do not have a recording category which indicates morning, afternoon, evening, night-time.

The cost of compliance with the whole of 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(1) of the FOI 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.

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 Question1 and Question 7 as this was retrieved during our initial research. 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: