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Van Thefts (1403A/21)


1 – The number of reported van thefts from August 2016 – August 2021, with the data broken down year by year.

2 – The number of thefts broken down into the form of entry, e.g. keyless theft.


Please be advised that all the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format. The form of entry regarding vehicle thefts is not held in an electronically searchable format. Therefore it would require a manual review of all Theft of Vehicle records in order for us to identify the relevant information for your request. 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 as follows.

Please be advised that there is not a specific recording category for van theft and these are included under the category of Theft of Vehicle. However, for the time period 01/08/2016 – 06/04/2021 the force was using a recording system that that had a sub category description of `van`. The results of the searches from this recording system are shown below:

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2016 59 69 72 77 88
2017 91 98 95 109 94 83 93 112 88 101 109 97
2018 140 140 115 100 123 127 153 137 137 158 152 91
2019 135 122 142 123 132 135 112 131 141 134 107 104
2020 145 115 104 77 84 82 82 108 140 142 153 92
2021 101 78 86 11                


This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests. Please note that this may contain attempt theft records, and also records whereby a van was used in the commission of the offence rather than being the item of theft – the force is unable to quality assure this data to remove erroneous inclusions as this would require a manual review of records that would exceed the time/fees limit. Records that do not have van recorded as the sub category description would not have been retrieved and supplied.

The force has changed to a new recording system and this currently does not have a property category filter so the same information cannot be provided for 07/04/21 onwards.


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