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Date Responded 31 August 2023

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:

This request is related to 'keyless' vehicle thefts. I appreciate that this is not a recorded crime type specifically. However, would you be able to provide the following for the period January 1, 2023, to June 30, 2023:

1. For offences recorded under: Theft or Unauthorised Taking of a Motor Vehicle.
2. The total number of recorded offences that include "keyless" or "relay" within any free text, electronically searchable, fields.

In Response:

Offence Type


Burglary - residential


Theft from Motor Vehicle (TFMV)


Taking without Owners’ Consent (TWOC)


Vehicle Interference





The below should be noted when viewing the figures above:

• The data has been taken from Systems, where a search was made of the MO text for the keywords 'keyless' and 'relay'. The resulting dataset was then pivoted to satisfy the request.

• Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

• The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

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.

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