Date Responded 24 May 2018

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

For each question below, please can you provide data for the last calendar year (2017) and the previous calendar year (2016).

For each question below, please include reported incidents of both attempted break-ins and burglaries, as well as successful break-ins and burglaries

  1. How many domestic break ins were there in your area? Please also provide information concerning where these break ins took place (postcode / town), what time, day of the week and month they took place in
  2. How many domestic break ins took place in the following types of property – flat, terraced house, semi-detached house, detached house, bungalow?
  3. How many domestic break ins took place when none of the victims were in the property i.e. the house was unoccupied?
  4. What percentage of the domestic break ins reported in your area resulted in an arrest?
  5. How many domestic break ins took place in a property which had any of the following security systems in place: Alarm system, CCTV, smart home cameras, motion sensors.
  6. Of those domestic break ins that took place in a property with a security system in place (see above), what percentage resulted in an arrest?

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police, however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.

 The information requested is not held centrally nor is it held in a format the allows its retrieval within the permitted cost threshold.  We cannot answer questions 2, 3 and 5 fully.  For questions 2, the property type is not a mandatory field when filling in the crime details.  There were 8,548 recorded dwelling burglaries and of those, 3,903 do not have a premise type attached.  Each of those 3,903 would require a manual review to ascertain the property type.  Questions 3 and 5 would require also require a manual review to read through all of the MO’s of the 8,548 crimes to check to see if the property was unoccupied and to find which had a security system in place, if recorded.  Even at a conservative estimate of  2 minutes per record, we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 284 hours.

As we have estimated that to extract this information would take well over the permitted 18 hours, Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply.  This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for that part of your request.

With regards to questions 4 and 6, we do not hold this information as a percentage and  we are not obliged to calculate for an FOI request.

As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request.  However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be question 1 only.

If that  would be useful, you may wish to refine and resubmit your request accordingly.

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