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Theft from WMP (758A/20)


  1. A breakdown of reported thefts of items from West Midlands Police buildings (stations/kennels etc) and vehicles in the years 2012 – 2020, with a description along with an estimation of their monetary value if possible.


To clarify I require the data in relation to West Midlands Police as the victim.


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 are unable to provide the monetary value of items stolen as this is not always inputted and would require a manual search of all relevant records in order to locate and retrieve this information.

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.