Burglary Request

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Dear West Midlands Police,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I would like to request the following information.

How many incidents of:
(a) ‘Burglary in a dwelling’ or ‘Burglary – Residential’
(b) ‘Burglary in a building’ other than a dwelling or ‘Burglary – business and community’

were reported in the postcodes B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8, B9, B10, B11, B12, B13, B14, B15, B16, B17, B18, B19 in:

2014/2015
2015/2016
2016/2017

What time of the day did they happen?

Thank you in anticipation of your response.

Yours faithfully,

Harriet

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Dear West Midlands Police,

I would like this data in spreadsheet format (CSV or XLS).

Yours faithfully,

Harriet

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Dear Harriet

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 21 February 2018.

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Confirmation of name: Harriet McCulley.

Yours sincerely,

Harriet McCulley

Freedom of Information,

Dear Ms McCulley

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 21 February 2018 (our
ref: 2019_18).

 

I apologise for the delay in coming back to you, unfortunately however I
am writing to ask you to clarify your request. This is because we are not
certain that we have understood it correctly.

 

Therefore I should be grateful if you would clarify the following points
please:

 

1. Are you requesting data to be broken down by each separate postcode
area, or just for the total area that includes all of the postcodes
specified?

 

2. With regard to “What time of the day did they happen?” what exactly do
you mean by this, as due to the nature of burglary, the exact time is not
always known. Also are you asking for this to be broken down by each
separate postcode area, or just for the total area that includes all of
the postcodes specified?

 

(Perhaps it would be easier to clarify if you provided us with an example
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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for your reply.

I am looking for the number of burglary’s in each of the separate postcodes mentioned not he area as a whole.

And in terms of time I would be looking to see if it was morning, afternoon, evening or during the night. The specific time is not required.

For example:

In the postcode B4 there were 600 burglary’s.
70 occurred in the morning
130 occurred in the afternoon
100 occurred in the evening
200 during the night
100 unknown

The time scale for morning afternoon evening and night is entirely up to you when you change but if you could include what you’ve chosen to use as morning afternoon evening and night that would be great.
E.g morning = 5.00am-12.00pm
Afternoon = 12.00pm- 17.00pm
Evening = 18.00pm-10.00pm
Night = 11.00pm-5.00am

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Harriet McCulley

Freedom of Information,

Dear Ms McCulley

 

FOI Request Reference: 2019/18

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 21 February 2018.

 

REQUEST

 

How many incidents of:

 

(a) ‘Burglary in a dwelling’ or ‘Burglary - Residential’

(b) ‘Burglary in a building’ other than a dwelling or ‘Burglary - business
and community’

 

were reported in the postcodes B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8, B9, B10,
B11, B12, B13, B14, B15, B16, B17, B18, B19 in:

 

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

 

What time of the day did they happen?

 

CLARIFICATION

 

I am looking for the number of burglary’s in each of the separate
postcodes mentioned not the area as a whole.

 

And in terms of time I would be looking to see if it was morning,
afternoon, evening or during the night. The specific time is not required.

 

For example:

 

In the postcode B4 there were 600 burglary’s.

70 occurred in the morning

130 occurred in the afternoon

100 occurred in the evening

200 during the night

100 unknown

 

The time scale for morning afternoon evening and night is entirely up to
you when you change but if you could include what you’ve chosen to use as
morning afternoon evening and night that would be great. 

E.g morning = 5.00am-12.00pm

Afternoon = 12.00pm- 17.00pm

Evening = 18.00pm-10.00pm

Night = 11.00pm-5.00am

 

 

RESPONSE

 

Unfortunately our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to
provide all of this information.

 

This is because with regards to “What time of the day did they happen”,
due to the nature of burglaries (in that they can occur when the victim is
not present) then the exact time is not always known. Because of this,
when a burglary is initially recorded a ‘Date Time First Committed’ and a
‘Date Time Last Committed’ field is completed. However in the majority of
cases the difference between these two fields spans more than one time of
day or even a number of days (for example if the victim was on holiday at
the time). It could be that during the course of an investigation a more
specific time was established; however the fields above would not
generally be updated.

 

Therefore the only way to determine the time of day that all of the
burglaries occurred, would be to conduct a manual examination of the
investigation files to see if it is recorded within them. Such a search
though would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).

 

This means that the cost of compliance with your request is above the
amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of
locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs
limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West
Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by
the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and
Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

 

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However rather than refusing your request outright at this stage, I would
like to explore with you how West Midlands Police may best assist you to
request relevant information which we hold. Within the cost limit we could
conduct the following searches:

 

How many incidents of:

 

(a) ‘Burglary in a dwelling’ or ‘Burglary - Residential’

(b) ‘Burglary in a building’ other than a dwelling or ‘Burglary - business
and community’

 

were reported in the postcodes B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8, B9, B10,
B11, B12, B13, B14, B15, B16, B17, B18, B19 in:

 

2014/2015

2015/2016

2016/2017

 

 

Please note that any located information might be subject to the
application of exemptions under the Act.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you for you response. That is understandable about the time and costs.

If possible could I still receive the information that you stated is avalible:

How many incidents of:
(a) ‘Burglary in a dwelling’ or ‘Burglary - Residential’

(b) ‘Burglary in a building’ other than a dwelling or ‘Burglary - business
and community’

were reported in the postcodes B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8, B9, B10,
B11, B12, B13, B14, B15, B16, B17, B18, B19 in:

2014/2015
2015/2016
2016/2017

Yours sincerely,

Harriet

Freedom of Information,

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Dear Ms McCulley

 

FOI Request Reference: 2585/18

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 07 March 2018.

 

REQUEST

 

How many incidents of:

 

(a) ‘Burglary in a dwelling’ or ‘Burglary – Residential’

 

(b) ‘Burglary in a building -  other than a dwelling’ or ‘Burglary -
business  and community’

 

were reported in the postcodes B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8, B9, B10, 
B11, B12, B13, B14, B15, B16, B17, B18, B19 in:

 

2014/2015

 

2015/2016

 

2016/2017

 

 

RESPONSE

 

Please find attached (2585_18_attachment_01.pdf).

 

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing
numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily
indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition,
the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time
can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on
incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of
future incidents in that area.

 

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
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the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

David Notley

Freedom of Information Unit

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