Catalytic Converter Thefts

The request was refused by Cleveland Police.

Dear Sir/Madam,

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

1) The number of thefts from motor vehicles logged by your force for the following calendar years:

2019
2018
2017
2016
2015

2) The number of thefts or attempted thefts of a catalytic converter from a motor vehicle for the following calendar years:

2019
2018
2017
2016
2015

If the data is not available for all years, then please provide the years for which the data is available.

Could you please provide the data in an excel spreadsheet if possible

Yours faithfully,

Rowan Bridge

Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Mr Bridge,

Enquiry Ref: 11654/2020

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information dated 20th January 2020 and received by this office on that date.

As set out by the Freedom of Information Act it will be our aim to respond to your request within 20 working days that is by 17th February 2020. In some cases, however, we may be unable to achieve this deadline and would hope to contact you should this be the case.

Please note the ‘working day’ is defined as any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday, or a day which is a bank holiday in any part of the United Kingdom. The first reckonable day is the first working day after receipt.

If you have any questions regarding your request please contact this office.

Yours sincerely,

Ms E McGuigan
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Directorate of Standards and Ethics
Cleveland Community Safety Hub | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL
E-mail: [Cleveland Police request email]

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Mr Bridge

Enquiry ref: 11654-20

I write in connection with your request for information dated 21st January which was received by Cleveland Police on that date. I note you seek access to the following information:
1) The number of thefts from motor vehicles logged by your force for the following calendar years:

2019
2018
2017
2016
2015

2) The number of thefts or attempted thefts of a catalytic converter from a motor vehicle for the following calendar years:

2019
2018
2017
2016
2015

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at Section 1 (1) (a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a request is held. The second duty at Sec 1(1) (b) is to disclose information that has been confirmed as being held. Where exemptions are relied upon s17 of FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a notice which: a) states that fact b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

Having made enquiries within the Force due to the nature of our recording systems the information requested, if held, is not in an easily retrievable format. Our information retrieval process generally relies on a computer ran report which captures any information recorded upon the surface of a record. Where relevant information is held deeper in a record a manual assessment is usually required to retrieve that information. In this instance thefts of catalytic converters is not recorded at the case management system level therefore to determine such detail would require a manual search through all the records, and it is estimated that this would take in excess of the appropriate time stipulated by the Secretary for Constitutional Affairs, Lord Falconer on the 18th Of October 2004, that is, eighteen hours. This falls under the exemption of 'Compliance exceeding the appropriate limit' covered by Section 12 (1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and as such this work could not be undertaken.
Therefore, please treat this as a refusal notice under S17 of the Freedom of information Act. However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and although we cannot provide the answer to question 2 within the time limit specified we may be able to provide the number of thefts from motor vehicles if you still require this information please submit a new request.

The Cleveland Police response to your request is unique and it should be noted that Police Forces do not use generic systems or identical procedures to capture and record data therefore responses from Cleveland Police should not be used as a comparison with any other force response you receive.

If you are not satisfied with this response or any actions taken in dealing with your request you have the right to request an independent internal review of your case under our review procedure. The APP College of Policing guidance states that a request for internal review should be made within 20 working days of the date on this response or 40 working days if extenuating circumstances to account for the delay can be evidenced.

If I can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact this office.

Yours sincerely

Mrs M Johnson
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Department of Standard & Ethics | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL

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