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.
I would like to know the number of thefts reported in hospitals in your area, including personal items stolen from patients and hospital property stolen. And if possible I would also like to know how many reports turned into criminal cases or convictions.
If possible can I have this information for the period between April 2016 and April 2018 on a month by month basis, and broken down into which hospital and what was stolen.
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.
Data was collated through a search of all crimes created between 01/04/2016 and 01/04/2018 where either location field had been completed as 'hospital.' These crimes were filtered for theft, robbery and burglary crimes.
All cases mentioned are crimes therefore they are all criminal cases.
We cannot provide conviction data, however we have supplied the outcome attached to each crime. (Conviction data needs to be sourced from the courts.)
There are more items stolen than number of crimes as more than in some cases more than one item was stolen. Where the total number of crimes (per hospital) and class of property fall below 5 we have grouped these into an "other" category. The unknown category is those crimes where the address is not recorded.
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FOI 447-18 - Theft