This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Dog thefts and attempted thefts for 2019-2020'.




 
 
 
Joint Information Management Unit
Operational Headquarters 
Tower Street 
Winchester 
Hampshire 
SO23 8ZD
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Telephone   
 
                    101 
Brian Slack 
   
request-738158-
 
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8th April 2021
Our ref: 
CM/PA/000796/21 
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Mr Slack, 
 
 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST  
 
I write in response to the above referenced Freedom of Information request submitted 
on the 19/03/2021, Hampshire Constabulary has now considered this request, which 
has been repeated below and have responded accordingly.  
 
Request 
Response 
Please provide the number of reported dog  Hampshire Constabulary does not hold 
thefts and attempted dog thefts per month  this information in a retrievable format. 
for 2019 and 2020. 
The cost of determining if the 
information is held, locating and 
retrieving the information exceeds the 
‘appropriate level’ as stated in the 
Freedom of Information (Fees and 
Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004. It 
is estimated that it would cost more than 
£450 to comply with your request. 
 
Hampshire Constabulary records crime 
in accordance with the Home Office 
Counting Rules. Dog theft does not 
have a specific Home Office crime 
classification. To accurately determine 
the number of dogs that have been 
reported stolen for the date period in 
question, a manual review of every theft 
and burglary recorded on the force 
Records Management System for the 
area specified, would have to be 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
undertaken in order to establish which 
ones relate to dog theft. There are 
thousands of theft and burglary offences 
for the time period specified and to 
review each one would exceed the 18 
hour time limit set by the FOI 
regulations. 
 
In  accordance  with  the  Freedom  of 
Information  Act  2000,  if  one  element  of 
a  request  exceeds  the  statutory  cost 
limit, the whole request may be refused 
on grounds of cost.  As such, this letter 
acts  as  a  Refusal  Notice  in  respect  of 
your whole request.    
 
COMPLAINT RIGHTS 
 
If  you  are  dissatisfied  with  the  handling  procedures  or  the  decision  made  by 
Hampshire  Constabulary,  you  can  lodge  a  complaint  with  the  force  to  have  the 
decision reviewed within 2 months of the date of this response. Complaints should be 
made in writing to the Public Access office at the address at the top of this letter.  
 
If, after lodging a complaint with Hampshire Constabulary, you are still unhappy with 
the outcome, you may make application to the Information Commissioner at the 
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire 
SK9 5AF, via telephone on 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745 or at the website 
www.ico.org.uk 
 
Yours sincerely 
 
Janet Dawson 
Public Access 
Joint Information Management Unit