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Stolen vans/ Tools (9258/19)


On each single day, between 17th May 2019 and 16th May 2018, list how many incidents of van theft / items stolen from a van / vans were broken into, were reported in Birmingham.

For each individual incident:


If the van was stolen or broken into, or both,

Victim’s gender,

Victim’s age,

What was stolen – e.g. tools,

If possible – what was the combined value of the items stolen


Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format. In relation what property was stolen, the value of that property. We are unable to identify incidents where van was stolen and broken into.

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 the information requested for questions xxx 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: