E Scooters – Crimes (235A/22)
1.The number of crimes recorded by your force involving e-scooters or electric scooters in each of the past three calendar years: 2019, 2020 and 2021. If this information is not recorded, please provide figures on the number of crimes in which the modus operandi (key word search) detail mentions the word ‘e-scooter’ or the words ‘electric scooter’.
- Please provide a breakdown for each of these offences in Q1 of:
- The offence description – title of crime
- The outcome recorded – all outcomes
- Can we include the MO of the crime please?
Please find attached our response (235A_22 attachment)
You have asked for key word search in the Modus Operandi, this search has been based on that and as such please note:
Keyword searches are notoriously unreliable, the reasons why searches using this method are not reliable include (but are not limited to) the following: –
- a) Searches rely on the keywords being spelt correctly with no grammatical errors
- b) Searches rely on the keywords actually being mentioned in the summary description of the record – if they are mentioned anywhere else within the record but not in the summary, then they will not feature in any results.
In the attachment where there is no 2019 data this is because the keyword search that you requested did not retrieve any data.
In relation to the actual wording of the Modus Operandi, we can confirm that some relevant information is held by West Midlands Police. However, we are withholding that information since it is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions:
S40 (2) Personal information
Section 40 (2) allows for personal data to be withheld where release would breach the third party’s data protection rights. It would be unfair to release this information where any person could be identified from the data and in this case the right to privacy outweighs any public interest in release.
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 considered 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 considered 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.