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Sanitary Thefts (20735_18)


I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information in regards to shoplifting offences in Birmingham NPUs and also Birmingham City Centre, more specifically the shoplifting of sanitary items (products such as tampons and sanitary towels).

I would like to know:

  1. How many instances of shoplifting for sanitary items have been recorded each year for the last 5 tax years?
  2. The age group of the offender: 11 – 16, 17 – 21, 22 – 27, 28- 33, 33 – 38, 39 – 44, 45+ 3.  Whether the offender was homeless?


A search of our CRIMES system for shoplifting on Birmingham NPU’s resulted in 4,925 offences since April 2013, of the 4,925 there are 92 where ‘toiletries’ are stolen in the Category Description, a further search of the MO Notes field of the 92 provided a zero result for tampons or sanitary towels.


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.


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