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Date Responded 25 August 2020

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:

In the last three years (from the 1st of January 2017) for the area covered by the forces:

  1. How many reported dog thefts have there been?
  2. How many arrests have been made in connection with dog thefts?

Could you break the data down month by month please?

In Response:

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.

With regards to the data supplied the following should be noted:

  • The period "last three years (from the 1st of January 2017) " has been taken to refer to the calendar years 2017 2018 and 2019.
  • This data has been provided by a search for the property type "dog".  As such, if a dog has been listed as "pet" or as a specific breed it would not be included within this count.
  • Arrest data has been based on the time the arrest happened.  As such, the count of arrests may not relate to crimes within the stated month.
  • The count of arrests as above is based on arrests with a connection to a theft; the arrest may be for another offence (eg, assault)

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.

I am able to disclose the located information to you, bearing the above in mind, as follows.

Year

Month

Offences

Arrests

2017

Jan

6

2

2017

Feb

4

0

2017

Mar

3

0

2017

Apr

5

1

2017

May

7

0

2017

Jun

2

0

2017

Jul

14

1

2017

Aug

5

0

2017

Sep

5

1

2017

Oct

3

0

2017

Nov

2

0

2017

Dec

3

0

2018

Jan

6

0

2018

Feb

4

0

2018

Mar

2

0

2018

Apr

5

1

2018

May

3

0

2018

Jun

6

0

2018

Jul

7

0

2018

Aug

6

0

2018

Sep

4

0

2018

Oct

3

0

2018

Nov

3

0

2018

Dec

5

2

2019

Jan

5

1

2019

Feb

4

3

2019

Mar

6

0

2019

Apr

1

0

2019

May

2

1

2019

Jun

3

0

2019

Jul

5

0

2019

Aug

7

0

2019

Sep

6

0

2019

Oct

6

2

2019

Nov

5

0

2019

Dec

5

0

 

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