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Theft or unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle (20708/18)


I am writing under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following data from your force covering the past three calendar years and available data for this year: 2017, 2016, and 2015 and the year-to-date for 2018.

1) I would like to know how many many children (18 and under) in the time period have been arrested on suspicion of theft or unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle.

The offence, contrary to section 12 of the Theft Act 1968, is recorded under Home Office classification code 48.

Please provide the ages of those arrested: for example X number of 10-year-olds, X number of 11-year-olds, and so on to include all those aged 18 and under.

2) Please provide the total number of those aged 18 and under who were charged with the offence in the same time period.

3) Please provide the total number of adults (18 and over) arrested on suspicion of the offence in the same time period.

4) Please provide the total number of adults charged with the offence in the same time period.


Please find attached our response.

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.

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.