Motorcycle and scooter thefts

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The Motorcycle Action Group

Dear Essex Police,

Please can you provide the number of reported thefts of motorcycles and scooters in the Essex police force area for the periods 1st January – 31st December 2017 and 1st January – 31st December 2018.

Yours faithfully,
Julie Sperling
The Motorcycle Action Group

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Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the reference
13119. 

Under the Freedom of Information Act we are required to reply within 20
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Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
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Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities.  Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at Section
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information that has been confirmed as being held.  Where exemptions are
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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.

 

In respect of your enquiry:

 

Please can you provide the number of reported thefts of motorcycles and
scooters in the Essex police force area for the periods 1st January – 31st
December 2017 and 1st January – 31st December 2018.

 

Having completed enquiries within Essex Police in respect of Section
1(1)(a), Essex Police does hold information relating to your request,
however, the obligation of Section 1(1)(b) cannot be met as Essex Police
does not hold all the information requested in a format that allows it to
be retrieved within the time and cost limits of FOI.

 

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criteria relates to a request in its entirety, which means that if we
cannot retrieve all of the information requested within the costs limit,
we are not obliged to retrieve any of the information requested.

 

Section 12(1) of the FOIA states that a public authority is not obliged
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“…comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that
the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate
limit.”

 

The following explanation outlines the difficulty Essex Police has in
answering your request:

 

Essex Police are unable to accurately extract the level of detail in
relation to the number of reported thefts of motorcycles and scooters in
the Essex Police Force area from our current systems.  Essex Police are
unable to differentiate between whether the vehicle was involved in the
crime (i.e. used by the suspect) or whether it was part of the crime (e.g.
stolen). Essex Police systems are designed primarily for the management of
individual cases and not primarily for the production of statistical
information.  This request would entail manually extracting the requested
data and then reviewing each case one by one to establish if it meets one
of the requested groups.  To establish if information is held would,
therefore, exceed the time and cost limits under the FOIA and would
qualify as the creation of data as the results cannot be processed by
means of purely sorting or filtering data sources or running a database
query tool. There is no requirement under the act to create data purely to
answer FOI requests.

 

Consequently, and to this extent, Essex Police are exempt from the duty to
provide information you have requested under the provisions of Section
12(1) of the FOIA.  Therefore, and in accordance with Section 17(1) of the
FOIA, this communication must act as a refusal notice to provide all of
the information that could be interpreted as being captured by this part
of your request.

 

Having said that, and in an effort to assist, although excess cost removes
the force’s obligations under the FOIA, Essex Police can confirm the
following from a recent FOI request:

 

The attached displays offences where the following keywords were found in
the MO Field of an offence - "moped", "motorcycle", "motorbike",
"scooter", "mini moto", "powered two wheel vehicles" - the offences are
organised by crime category.  Please note the entry for Scooter also
includes children’s scooters.

 

There is a table with the number of offences by Crime Type and a table
showing this broken down by Vehicle Type.

 

Although Essex Police are unable to differentiate between whether the
vehicle was involved in the crime (i.e. used by the suspect) or whether it
was part of the crime (e.g. stolen), a table has been provided by
searching in the MO Field for words such as ride, rode and ridden.  An
estimate has been provided of whether the vehicle was used by the suspect.

 

Every effort is made to ensure that figures provided are accurate and
complete, however, Essex Police systems are designed primarily for the
management of individual cases and not primarily for the production of
statistical information.  Please note although data can be extracted from
a number of sources via database queries the results are subject to
inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system and could also
be inaccurate as a result of free text entry fields.  Care should be taken
to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are
taken into account when interpreting data.

 

Thank you for your interest in Essex Police and we are sorry that we have
not been able to provide the information you have requested on this
occasion.  If you do require further information a new request will need
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From: Info Rights Freedom Essex <[email address]>
Sent: 02 May 2019 11:45
To: The Motorcycle Action Group
<[FOI #572365 email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Motorcycle and scooter
thefts

 

Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the reference
13119.

Under the Freedom of Information Act we are required to reply within 20
working days. The Act does not specify a limit to the number of
information requests a public authority may receive or the number of
requests or questions an applicant may submit. However, there are
exemptions in the Act that can apply and these include where the cost of
complying with the request would extend beyond the reasonable cost limit,
(currently 18 hours or £450), or if the request is otherwise manifestly
unreasonable in its scope or nature.

 

Requests that ask a great many questions, or a number of detailed requests
submitted at the same time, may make it necessary for Essex Police to
refuse the requests wholly or in part. The exemption at s14 may be engaged
if the burden on the authority is increased through multiple requests on
differing subjects

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has responsibility for
providing oversight and guidance for the legislation and they have
produced advice for applicants on submitting effective requests. Further
information can be found on the Commissioner’s website at
[6]www.ico.gov.uk specific information relating to submitting a request
can be found at:
[7]https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/offici...

 

While we process your request, please take the time to consider the ICO’s
advice and whether you feel it may be beneficial to amend or refine your
request. Our team is happy to discuss your request with you and will be
able to provide advice as to what kind of information will be available
from Essex Police.

 

 

Kind Regards

 

 

Information Rights Team

Information Management Department

Strategic Change Directorate

E-Mail:[email address]

 

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The Motorcycle Action Group

Dear Info Rights Freedom Essex,

Thank you, very helpful.

Yours sincerely,
Julie Sperling
The Motorcycle Action Group