Freedom Of Information
PO BOX 9
Tel: 01924 296006
Fax: 01924 292726
Our ref: 1911/18
Dear I Hudson,
Thank you for your request for information received by West Yorkshire Police on 23/04/2018.
You requested the following information:
1 - Of the 167 calls made to the police on the subject of drones, how many calls actually
turned out to be crimes being committed?
2 - Of the 167 calls made about drones, how many were within the Bradford district and how
many turned out to be crimes?
The table below is based on previously supplied Freedom of Information requests recorded
under the following numbers - 1923/17, 3386/17, 4980/17 ad 38/18
FOIs based on the search terms %UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE%, and/or %DRONE%
contained within the incident log text. All incident records matching these search criteria
were manually assessed to remove any results which did not specifically relate to use of
Drones/UAVs. The records which remain contain reference to Unmanned Aerial
Vehicles/Drones (but exclude any where someone is reporting their use, i.e. to survey a
building site, where no-one has reported the incident). Please note that the Drone may have
been referred to in the log text but not necessarily the reason the crime was committed.
Duplicate incident logs (multiple reports of the same 'event') are excluded.
Incidents are recorded in accordance with the National Standard for Incident Recording
(NSIR) Counting Rules: www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-national-standard-for-incident-recording-nsir-
'Bradford District' numbers represent the number of those incidents recorded in Bradford
Burglary - business & community
Burglary - dwelling (full or attempt)
CCC use only - info log
Complaint against police
Concern for safety
Domestic (non crime)
Misper - medium risk
Other notifiable crime
Police generated activity
Sudden death - non suspicious
Susp circs - inv vehicle
Theft - from person
Theft - shoplifting
Theft from a vehicle
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