Dog thefts and attempted thefts for 2019-2020

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Dear Surrey Police,

Please provide the number of reported dog thefts and attempted dog thefts per month for 2019 and 2020.

Yours faithfully,

Brian Slack

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Dear Brian SLACK,


I write in connection with your request for information received on
received 18/03/2021.

You had asked:

Please provide the number of reported dog thefts and attempted dog thefts
per month for 2019 and 2020.



Section 1 of the Freedom of information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities.  Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at
s1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified within a
request is held.  The second duty at s1(1)(b) is to disclose information
that has been confirmed as being held.  Where exemptions are relied upon
Section 17 of the FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a
notice which: a) states that fact, b) specifies the exemption(s) in
question and c) state (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the
exemption applies.

The information that you have requested is held by Surrey Police. Please
find our response below.


|Calendar Month |No. of Dog Thefts/Att Theft |
|2019-01 |1 |
|2019-03 |2 |
|2019-04 |1 |
|2019-06 |1 |
|2019-10 |4 |
|2020-01 |1 |
|2020-04 |1 |
|2020-05 |1 |
|2020-10 |1 |
|2020-11 |2 |
|2020-12 |1 |

Important Notes:

Ø  Results are extracted from a live crime information system, which is
subject to change over time.

Ø  Only notifiable crimes committed in Surrey are included (those the
police are required to notify formally to the Home Office).

Ø  The date a crime was recorded (the entered date) is used to determine
if it falls within the specified period.  The crime may have been
committed in a different period.

Ø  The flags and groups on which these figures are based are applied at
officers' or member of staff's discretion.

Ø  Only crimes where a linked item of property is in the category 'PETS -
ANIMALS', 'ANIMALS', 'OTHER ANIMAL', 'OTHER' and a sub category of 'DOG'
is linked to the crime, have been included (or main category in 'DOG')

Ø  Figures show the distinct number of crimes and not the number of linked
items of property.

Ø  The linked property must include 'STOLEN' in the property status.

I bring to your attention that police forces in the United Kingdom are
routinely required to provide statistics to government bodies and the
recording criteria is set nationally. However, the systems used for
recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used
locally in capturing the data. The data warehouse is a "live" system and
is subject to change as incidents are finalised. In other words, incidents
may be initially recorded under a specific category but change with new
information. It should be noted that for these reasons this force's
response to your questions should not be used for comparison purposes with
any other response you may receive.

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Surrey Police. Should you have any further enquiries concerning this
matter, please write or contact us on 01483 - 630007 quoting the reference
number above.

Yours Sincerely,

Alan Bayless
Information Access Team
Surrey Police
Telephone 01483 630007