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Tool Theft (15565/19)


I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act into the number of reported incidents of tool theft reported in your constabulary over the last three years.

I have detailed the request below:


  1. How many reported incidents of theft of tools have you received from tradespeople over the last three years?
2017 2018 2019 year to date
Number of tools stolen from tradespeople


  1. How many of these thefts were reported from the following places during these timeframes?
2017 2018 2019 year to date
A worksite or commercial premises
A vehicle
A private residence


  1. How many of these reports of theft resulted in the tools being returned to the victim?
2017 2018 2019 year to date
Number of tools returned to victims


  1. What is the recorded (or estimated) overall value of tools stolen over the last three years?
2017 2018 2019 year to date
Estimated overall value of tools




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.