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Date Responded 27 September 2019

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:

 

I am after a monthly breakdown of the number of light good vehicle (LCV)/van thefts, and thefts from light good vehicles/vans for the following years 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019 and 2019/2020.

In particular, I am after:

  1. Please provide a monthly breakdown of the number of light goods vehicles/vans stolen

Could you please provide a monthly breakdown for the following years: 2016/2017, 2017/2018,2018/2019 and 2019/2020

2.Please provide a monthly breakdown for the number of thefts from light good vehicles/vans

Could you please provide a monthly breakdown for the following years: 2016/2017, 2017/2018,2018/2019 and 2019/2020

3.For Question 2, if possible, could you please also provide the monetary value of items stolen from light goods vehicles/vans

Could you please provide a monthly breakdown for the following years: 2016/2017, 2017/2018,2018/2019 and 2019/2020

If an exact value cannot be given, an estimated figure will work as an alternative.

For the year 2019/2020, could you please provide figures up to the latest month available?

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within 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 in a format that allows its extraction  within the permitted 18 hour time threshold.

There is no accurate way to extract ‘van’ from recording systems used and consequently all vehicle thefts would need to be reviewed to extract those where the theft was of a van.  Initial searches have brought back in excess of 860 records that would need to be reviewed. Even at a conservative estimate of 3 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information alone would take over 43 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 establish a response at points 2 and 3.

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, as I can advise that each of those points in their own right would far exceed the 18 hour threshold.

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