Date Responded 26 February 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:


Total breakdown of the number of lost electronic devices within your police force over the last two calendar years, 2018 and 2017.

Please include devices reported lost or stolen from all officers and civilian staff

Please break the figures down by year and into the following categories: Mobile phones, laptops and tablet computers.


In Response:


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 ICT Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

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


Total figures:

2017 – 54 lost or stolen devices

2018 – 98 lost or stolen devices


Mobile phones:

2017 – 54 devices were reported as lost or stolen

2018 – 96 devices were reported as lost or stolen

Please note that the force has two types of mobile phones:

  • Those with access to email services which are managed through a Mobile Data Management solution allowing the Force to kill any phones preventing access to information and
  • Simple mobile phones which only support phone calls and text – there is a procedure in place to inform that ISP and to have these devices disabled



2017 – Nil

2018 – 2 (1 of these devices has subsequently been recovered/found.)

Please note that all force laptops are built with encryption and password protection preventing any data one lost devices to be accessed.


Tablet devices:

2017 – 0

2018 – 0

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