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Mobile Phone Thefts in Newcastle - 334/20

Date Responded 10 March 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:

  1. I would like to know how many mobile phones have been stolen in Newcastle city centre in the past 3 years? And which month and year has had the most reported cases?
  2. What is the ratio of reported cases of phone theft versus those who have been caught and punished for this specific offence?

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, in part, by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The following should be noted with regards to the information provided below:

  • As a specific date period has not been requested, this data has been run for the past three years exactly.  This pertains to the period 26/02/2017 through to 25/02/2020.
  • "Theft of a mobile phone" is not an offence in its own right.  As such, this has been defined as a theft, robbery or burglary wherein the item taken was a mobile phone.  Should one such instance relate to multiple mobile phones being taken, they have been counted individually.
  • "Caught and punished" has been defined as the initial theft having a final disposal of a charge or summons.
  • "Newcastle City Centre" has been defined as within the Newcastle Central area code on the force system.
  • Regarding the ratio – this is not recorded and we are not obliged to create data in order to provide a response to a Freedom of Information request - as such the base data has been provided.

 

The most prolific month was November 2017 with 188 total reported thefts, and the most prolific year was 2017 also with a total of 1246 reported thefts.

2017

Mobile Phones Stolen

Charged/Summonsed

Feb

0

0

Mar

14

4

Apr

120

8

May

114

6

Jun

78

4

Jul

114

2

Aug

168

2

Sep

114

4

Oct

158

0

Nov

188

70

Dec

178

4

Total

1246

104

2018

   

Jan

156

20

Feb

130

8

Mar

147

12

Apr

53

2

May

74

1

Jun

63

3

Jul

53

0

Aug

47

0

Sep

44

0

Oct

98

0

Nov

58

0

Dec

103

4

Total

1026

50

2019

   

Jan

85

0

Feb

78

1

Mar

91

18

Apr

57

7

May

59

2

Jun

52

2

Jul

61

8

Aug

48

5

Sep

67

3

Oct

71

0

Nov

50

2

Dec

55

5

Total

774

53

2020

   

Jan

47

0

Feb

105

2

Total

152

2

 

 

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