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Domestic Burglaries (19376/19)


Under the Freedom of Information Act, and within the legal timeframe, can you please tell me:

The total number of domestic burglaries reported to police between December 1, 2014 to December 25, 2014?

Can you also tell me that same figure for the same time period for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018?

Of the figures, can you please tell me how many Christmas presents were reported to have been stolen?

And, if possible, what were the presents?

And, again if possible, what is the total value of the presents/items stolen from domestic addresses for the time periods given?


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

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 attached). 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.


Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).  We do not have a property category of Christmas Present, therefore we are unable to answer the above questions, we would need to conduct a manual review of all domestic burglaries for the requested time period to see if it included a reference to Christmas Presents, this would exceed the FOI time limit.

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.