Dear Kent Police,

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

Yours faithfully,

Brian Slack

Freedom of Information Kent, Kent Police

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Dear Mr Slack,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST 21/03/0374

 

Thank you for your request received by Kent Police on 18^th March 2021. I
note you seek access, in summary, to information relating to:

 

Dog thefts

 

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) provides that a public
authority respond to an FOI request within 20 working days. Although every
effort will be made to ensure a response is provided within statutory
deadlines, due to current circumstances delays may be unavoidable. We
apologise for any inconvenience and will endeavour to process your request
as quickly as is practicable. It is likely that a response may well be
delayed, particularly where crime data is sought.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Mark Crittenden

Senior Public Disclosure Officer

[1][Kent Police request email]

Kent Police Public Disclosure Team

Coldharbour, London Road,

Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7SL

 

 

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Dear Mr Slack,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF 21/0374

Thank you for your request received by Kent Police on 18 March 2021.

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

Unfortunately your request engages the cost exemption at Section 12(2)
FOIA. Section 12 provides an exemption from a public authority’s
obligation to comply with a request for information where the cost of
compliance is estimated to exceed the appropriate limit. The Freedom of
Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations
2004 state that the appropriate cost limit is 18 hours in the case of the
Police Service.

The reason for engaging the exemption is that it is not possible to
determine by automated means the attempted theft of a dog. In order
extract the data for dog theft, a search is completed whereby the property
status of stolen or stolen / recovered is limited to dog. There is no
offence code for dog thefts or attempted dog thefts, they are recorded as
stolen property.  Therefore it is not possible to search for attempted
stolen dogs as they would not have a property status.

When Section 12 is engaged, our duty under Section 16 requires that we
assist you in refining your request so as to bring it within the cost
limit. In this instance we would suggest the following refinement.

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

If you would like to proceed with the refined request please advise us and
we will log and process the new request as soon as possible. You will be
contacted with a new reference number if this is the case.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please do
not hesitate to contact us. If you are dissatisfied with the way your
request has been handled please refer to the ‘your rights summary’
attached for details of the next step you are able to take.

Yours sincerely,

 

Public Disclosure Officer

Information Security and Governance

Kent Police

 

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Kent Police and/or Essex Police, which is confidential or privileged. The
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Freedom of Information Kent, Kent Police

Dear Mr Slack,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF 21/03/0374

Thank you for your request received by Kent Police on 18 March 2021.

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

Unfortunately your request engages the cost exemption at Section 12(2)
FOIA. Section 12 provides an exemption from a public authority’s
obligation to comply with a request for information where the cost of
compliance is estimated to exceed the appropriate limit. The Freedom of
Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations
2004 state that the appropriate cost limit is 18 hours in the case of the
Police Service.

The reason for engaging the exemption is that it is not possible to
determine by automated means the attempted theft of a dog. In order
extract the data for dog theft, a search is completed whereby the property
status of stolen or stolen / recovered is limited to dog. There is no
offence code for dog thefts or attempted dog thefts, they are recorded as
stolen property.  Therefore it is not possible to search for attempted
stolen dogs as they would not have a property status. . In order to
establish if any information would be held we would be required to
complete a manual review of all reports that included mention of a dog,
this would likely be thousands of report and would be estimated to exceed
the 18 working hour limit.

 

When Section 12 is engaged, our duty under Section 16 requires that we
assist you in refining your request so as to bring it within the cost
limit. In this instance we would suggest the following refinement.

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

If you would like to proceed with the refined request please advise us and
we will log and process the new request as soon as possible. You will be
contacted with a new reference number if this is the case.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please do
not hesitate to contact us. If you are dissatisfied with the way your
request has been handled please refer to the ‘your rights summary’
attached for details of the next step you are able to take.

Yours sincerely,

 

Public Disclosure Officer

Information Security and Governance

Kent Police

 

This email and any other accompanying document(s) contain information from
Kent Police and/or Essex Police, which is confidential or privileged. The
information is intended to be for the exclusive use of the individual(s)
or bodies to whom it is addressed. The content, including any subsequent
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civil proceedings. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that
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Conditions please go to https://www.kent.police.uk/hyg/terms-con...
or https://www.essex.police.uk/hyg/terms-co...

Dear Freedom of Information Kent,

Yes please provide the number of reported dog thefts per month for 2019 and
2020 then.

Yours sincerely,

Brian Slack

Freedom of Information Kent, Kent Police

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Dear Mr Slack,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST 21/04/0489

 

Thank you for your request received by Kent Police on 7^th April 2021. I
note you seek access, in summary, to information relating to:

 

Dog Thefts

 

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) provides that a public
authority respond to an FOI request within 20 working days. Although every
effort will be made to ensure a response is provided within statutory
deadlines, due to current circumstances delays may be unavoidable. We
apologise for any inconvenience and will endeavour to process your request
as quickly as is practicable. It is likely that a response may well be
delayed, particularly where crime data is sought.

 

Your interest in Kent Police is appreciated and pending a specific
response to your request, I enclose a sheet, which summarises your rights.
Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact us via the following telephone number 01622 652610 quoting the
reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Lakeisha Dowsey-Magog (she/her)

Freedom of Information Assistant

 

[1][Kent Police request email]

Kent Police Public Disclosure Team

Coldharbour, London Road,

Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7SL

This email and any other accompanying document(s) contain information from
Kent Police and/or Essex Police, which is confidential or privileged. The
information is intended to be for the exclusive use of the individual(s)
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civil proceedings. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that
any disclosure, copying, distribution or other use of the contents of this
information is prohibited. If you have received this email in error,
please notify us immediately by contacting the sender or telephoning Kent
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For further information regarding Kent Police’s or Essex Police’s use of
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https://www.essex.police.uk/hyg/privacy/. Additionally for our Terms and
Conditions please go to https://www.kent.police.uk/hyg/terms-con...
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Dear Mr Slack,

 

With reference to the Freedom of Information request that we received from
you on 7 April 2021 please find attached the response letter and appendix.

 

Should you have any queries relating to this then please do not hesitate
to contact us.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Freedom of Information

Information Security and Governance

Kent Police

 

This email and any other accompanying document(s) contain information from
Kent Police and/or Essex Police, which is confidential or privileged. The
information is intended to be for the exclusive use of the individual(s)
or bodies to whom it is addressed. The content, including any subsequent
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civil proceedings. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that
any disclosure, copying, distribution or other use of the contents of this
information is prohibited. If you have received this email in error,
please notify us immediately by contacting the sender or telephoning Kent
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For further information regarding Kent Police’s or Essex Police’s use of
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https://www.essex.police.uk/hyg/privacy/. Additionally for our Terms and
Conditions please go to https://www.kent.police.uk/hyg/terms-con...
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