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.
- The number of commercial vehicles reported stolen across Northumbria between January 2014 – July 2019 broken down by month
- The number of commercial vehicles (reported stolen across Northumbria) successfully recovered between January 2014 – July 2019 broken down by month
- The number of commercial vehicle owners who have reported theft of tools or other items from their vehicle across Northumbria between January 2014 – July 2019 broken down by month
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 only way to establish a response to your query would be to review each Taking Without Consent (TWOC) crime to establish how many vehicles were recorded as commercial vehicles. In 2018 alone there were approximately 1,690 TWOCs recorded. Even at a conservative estimate of 3 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract the data for 2018 alone would take over 84 hours, therefore 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. Further time would then be required to locate and extract a response to the remainder of your queries.
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.
When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under Section 16 of the Act would normally entail that we contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits. However, from the information we have outlined above I see no reasonable way in which we can do so.
Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.