Details of Crime and Police action for Phipps Bridge Road Allotments

T Barnett made this Freedom of Information request to Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

The request was partially successful.

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Please provide the following information in relation to the last 3 years (broken down by year and month please)for incidents occuring on or relating to Phipps Bridge Road Allotments in Merton (and in the smallest statistical unit that location features in for crime reporting with comparable figures for the borough of Merton and London as a whole):

-Total number of crime reference numbers produced
-No. of Burglaries and or contacts concerning alleged burglaries
-No. of thefts
-No. of acts of vandalism and or criminal damage.
-No. of reports of anti-social behaviour.

I would also like to request details of the action taken by the Police in response to those incidents (in a general non identifying form).

Whether any consideration has been given to increase resources to tackle this recurring issue given your commitment to total policing.

Many thanks

Yours faithfully,

Mr T Barnett

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Barnett

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2013060002629
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 24/06/2013.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

"Please provide the following information in relation to the last 3 years
(broken down by year and month please)for incidents occuring on or
relating to Phipps Bridge Road Allotments in Merton (and in the smallest
statistical unit that location features in for crime reporting with
comparable figures for the borough of Merton and London as a whole):

-Total number of crime reference numbers produced
-No. of Burglaries and or contacts concerning alleged burglaries
-No. of thefts
-No. of acts of vandalism and or criminal damage.
-No. of reports of anti-social behaviour.

I would also like to request details of the action taken by the Police in
response to those incidents (in a general non identifying form).

Whether any consideration has been given to increase resources to tackle
this recurring issue given your commitment to total policing."

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject to
the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third
party.  In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to achieve this
deadline.  If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet, which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

R. Loizou
Administration Team Officer
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

Find us at:

Facebook: Facebook.com/metpoliceuk
Twitter: @metpoliceuk

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

By law I was due a reply by 23 July 2013, I have not received it. Please explain or I shall have to take this further.

Yours faithfully,

T Barnett

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Thank you for your e-mail. I am out of the office until Thursday 25th July
2013.

Please contact the Administrative Support Team at:

foi@met.police.uk  OR  [email address]

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

Find us at:

Facebook: Facebook.com/metpoliceuk
Twitter: @metpoliceuk

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

You have failed to respond within the statutory time limit, a response is long overdue! Please reply immediately with the information requested and an explanation of the delay and please internally review this case

Yours faithfully,

T Barnett

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear T Barnett

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2013080002223

I write in connection with your request for a review of the original MPS
decision relating to 2013060002629 which was received by the Metropolitan
Police Service (MPS) on 22/08/2013.  

Your request for a review will now be considered in accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response to
your request for a review of the original MPS case within a timescale of
20 working days.  In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to achieve
this deadline.  If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet, which details your right of
complaint.

Yours sincerely

R. Loizou
Administration Team Officer
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

Find us at:

Facebook: Facebook.com/metpoliceuk

Twitter: @metpoliceuk

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Barnett

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 201308000223

I write in connection with your correspondence dated 22nd August 2013
concerning the delay to your request for information received by the
Metropolitan Police Service on the 24th June 2013 under reference
2013060002629.  

Please find below a full response to your complaint below.

Request for information

Please provide the following information in relation to the last 3 years
(broken down by year and month please)for incidents occuring on or
relating to Phipps Bridge Road Allotments in Merton (and in the smallest
statistical unit that location features in for crime reporting with
comparable figures for the borough of Merton and London as a whole):

-Total number of crime reference numbers produced
-No. of Burglaries and or contacts concerning alleged burglaries
-No. of thefts
-No. of acts of vandalism and or criminal damage.
-No. of reports of anti-social behaviour.

I would also like to request details of the action taken by the Police in
response to those incidents (in a general non identifying form).

Whether any consideration has been given to increase resources to tackle
this recurring issue given your commitment to total policing.

Complaint

You have failed to respond within the statutory time limit, a response is
long overdue! Please reply immediately with the information requested and
an explanation of the delay and please internally review this case

DECISION

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) acknowledges the delay to you
receiving a response.

Reason for decision

The review takes note of your comment in your correspondence ‘You have
failed to respond within the statutory time limit…’ In this regard I can
advise you that the statutory time limit for responding to a Freedom of
Information Act request is set out in Section 10(1) of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FoIA) which states that a public authority must
comply with section1 (1) promptly and in any event not later than the
twentieth working day following the date of receipt.  Therefore, a public
authority must inform the applicant in writing whether it holds the
information requested and if so, communicate that information to the
applicant, promptly, but not later than 20 working days after receipt of
the request. Further reference to the FoIA can be found by way of this
link http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...

Your request for information was received by the MPS on the 24th June 2013
and therefore a response should have been sent by the 22nd July 2013.  

In this respect I would like to advise you of the Information
Commissioner’s Office Good Practice guideline which states ‘The FOIA
requires public authorities to comply with requests for information within
20 working days following receipt of the request’. I can confirm that in
this instance a failure to respond to your request within the time limit
is a breach of section 10(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I have contacted the relevant information manager and whilst the review
cannot provide you with a date for a response, I can confirm the case is
currently ongoing.

As a response to your request is currently outstanding, I am unable to
complete a full internal review in relation to your request.  However,
should you be dissatisfied with the MPS response to your request, you
would still be entitled to request an internal review in relation to the
decision.

I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the delay you have
experienced and for any inconvenience caused by our failure to process
your request correctly.  I hope to reassure you that the MPS takes
compliance with the Act very seriously and is working hard to promote good
practice in regard to the processing of requests.

Yours sincerely

Mike Lyng
FoIA Quality and Assurance Advisor

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

Find us at:

Facebook: Facebook.com/metpoliceuk
Twitter: @metpoliceuk

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),
This request is still outstanding on all counts, why?

If I dont receive a reply with the information by 5pm this coming friday i will be referring the case to the ICO, this delay is disgraceful. I also expect a full internal review of the delay without prejudicing a further internal review ion the substance at a later date.

Yours faithfully,

T Barnett

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Barnett, thank you for your email and I do apologise for the continued delay to your request. I have contacted the relevant advisor for your case today and can reassure you that it is being progressed.

In regards to your comment 'I also expect a full internal review of the delay'. On the 9th September 2013 the MPS procedural review confirmed that in this instance a failure to respond to your request within the time limit was a breach of section 10(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Therefore as a response to your request is currently outstanding, I am unable to complete a full internal review in relation to your request.  However, should you be dissatisfied with the MPS response to your request, you would still be entitled to request an internal review in relation to the decision.

Regards

Mike Lyng | FoIA Quality and Assurance Advisor | Information Access Services | Directorate of Information | Public Access Office | Metropolitan Police Service
Telephone 020 7161 3605 | Email [email address]
Address Public Access Office, PO Box 57192, London, SW6 1SF

show quoted sections

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

2 Attachments

Dear Mr Barnett

Freedom of Information Request Reference No:  2013060002629

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 24/06/2013.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

Please provide the following information in relation to the last 3 years
(broken down by year and month please)for incidents occurring on or
relating to Phipps Bridge Road Allotments in Merton (and in the smallest
statistical unit that location features in for crime reporting with
comparable figures for the borough of Merton and London as a whole)

 1. Total number of crime reference numbers produced
 2. No. of Burglaries and or contacts concerning alleged burglaries
 3. No. of thefts
 4. No. of acts of vandalism and or criminal damage.
 5. No. of reports of anti-social behaviour.
 6. I would also like to request details of the action taken by the Police
in response to those incidents (in a general non identifying form).
Whether any consideration has been given to increase resources to
tackle this recurring issue given your commitment to total policing.

EXTENT OF SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were
conducted at Merton borough and the Performance Information Bureau
(PIB).

RESULT OF SEARCHES

The searches located records relevant to your request.

DECISION

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you in
full.  Please find the information pursuant to your request above.

Questions 1-5
Please provide the following information in relation to the last 3
years (broken down by year and month please)for incidents occurring on
or relating to Phipps Bridge Road Allotments in Merton (and in the
smallest statistical unit that location features in for crime
reporting with comparable figures for the borough of Merton and London
as a whole)

 1. Total number of crime reference numbers produced
 2. No. of Burglaries and or contacts concerning alleged burglaries
 3. No. of thefts
 4. No. of acts of vandalism and or criminal damage.
 5. No. of reports of anti-social behaviour.

Question 6
I would also like to request details of the action taken by the Police in
response to those incidents (in a general non identifying form). Whether
any consideration has been given to increase resources to tackle this
recurring issue given your commitment to total policing.

* The MPS arranged an allotment meeting with allotment holders, which
took place on 22/09/13
* There have also been late patrols through the allotments over the
summer months this year
* I have been advised that the roads which overlook the allotments were
leafleted so that residents would be aware and report suspicious
activity to the police
* A leaflet was produced, which was sent to all allotment holders. The
purpose was to encourage them aware of security aspects.  Please see a
copy of the leaflet attached below:

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact Mark Lawrence via email quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Andrea Duncan on behalf of Mark Lawrence
QA Team
In complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed information, the
Metropolitan Police Service will not breach the Copyright, Designs and
Patents Act 1988. However, the rights of the copyright owner of the
enclosed information will continue to be protected by law.  Applications
for the copyright owner's written permission to reproduce any part of the
attached information should be addressed to MPS Directorate of Legal
Services, 1st Floor (Victoria Block), New Scotland Yard, Victoria, London,
SW1H 0BG.
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

Find us at:

Facebook: Facebook.com/metpoliceuk

Twitter: @metpoliceuk