Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to ask for information on crimes reported within your area between March 1st 2014 and February 28th 2015 (inclusive).
Could you share the following: –
1.The number of offences involving theft reported in total
2.The number of those offences that involved the taking of computing and communications devices i.e. mobile and smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktop computers, computing equipment.
3.How many of the reported takings of computing and communications devices were from private individuals
4.How many of the reported takings of computing and communications devices were from businesses or other organisations (e.g. local Government, health services, etc.)
I would be very grateful for any information you could provide, but if time is limited then just the answers to the first two questions (i.e. number of reported incidents and the number that involved taking computers and communications devices) would be fantastic
Please find attached our response.
Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of 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.