Motorcycle crime statistics

The Motorcycle Action Group made this Freedom of Information request to Merseyside Police

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The Motorcycle Action Group

Dear Merseyside Police,

1. How many motorcycles were reported stolen in Merseyside police force area between 1st January 2017 and 31st December 2017 inclusive?

2. Please confirm whether the above figure includes off road motorcycles that are not registered for road use.

3. How many stolen motorcycles were recovered by Merseyside police force between 1st January 2017 and 31st December 2017 inclusive?

4. How many individuals were charged for Theft of Motorcycle by Merseyside police force between 1st January 2017 and 31st December 2017 inclusive?

5. Please provide name, rank and contact details for the most senior officer responsible for motorcycle theft in Merseyside police force.

Yours faithfully,

The Motorcycle Action Group

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Dear applicant

Thank you for your enquiry.

Section 8(1)(b) of the Freedom of Information Act states that a valid FOI
request must state the name of the applicant. 

In order for your request to be processed, please provide your forename
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Yours sincerely

Mr D May
Disclosure Analyst
Information Bureau
Merseyside Police
Email: [Merseyside Police request email]

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The Motorcycle Action Group

Dear Mr May,

Thank you for pointing that out, we are a Riders' Rights campaign group and my understanding is that I can request on behalf of the group, Board and National Committee. The Motorcycle Action Group Limited is a registered company number: 8848806 but probably better known by our acronym MAG or MAG UK.

For full transparency I am the Executive Officer of MAG and my name is Mrs Julie Sperling, should this assist in gaining a response to our request.
Yours sincerely,
Julie Sperling
The Motorcycle Action Group

Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

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acknowledged.

 

If it contains an initial (new) request under FOI it will be dealt with in
accordance with section 10 of the Act which means that you are entitled to
receive a response no later than 20 working days after the first working
day* on which your request is received.

 

Other arrangements may apply if a fees notice is issued or if the time
period is extended in order that public interest considerations of our
response may take place. Section 10 also allows public authorities to
apply variations to the normal 20 working day timescale in some limited
circumstances.

 

Due to the volume of e-mail correspondence and FOI applications received,
the Force regrets that individual acknowledgement e-mails will not be sent
even if specifically requested.

 

If the correspondence cannot be dealt with as FOI, it will be forwarded
internally and you will be advised of the location. Any related
communication must be direct to the identified location and not the FOI
e-mail address.

 

*The ‘working day’ is defined as any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday,
Christmas Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday under the
Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in any part of the United Kingdom.
The first reckonable day is the working day after the working day of
receipt.

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Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

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Dear Ms Sperling

Response Letter - FOI Application DM2018/0664 (please quote in all
correspondence)

I write in connection with your request for information, which was
received by Merseyside Police on 15/06/2018, concerning:

(summary of request) details relating to motorcycle thefts in 2017

Your request for information has been considered and I am not obliged to
supply the information that you have requested.

Section 17, Freedom of Information Act, 2000, requires Merseyside Police,
when refusing to provide such information (because the information is
exempt) to provide you 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.

Reason for Decision:

Information exempt under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act. 
Section 12 states that information need not be disclosed if the cost of
locating / retrieving that information exceeds £450, or 18 hours based on
a cost of £25 per hour.

Determining the number of individuals charged in 2017 for thefts of
motorcycles would require manual review of a large number of individual
case records.  As it would take several minutes to check a single record,
completion of such an exercise would exceed the 18-hour time/cost limit.

This communication therefore serves as a Refusal Notice under the FOI Act.
 However, such information as has been possible to retrieve within the
appropriate time/cost limit has been provided to you.  This information is
intended as assistance and its provision does not affect the legal right
of Merseyside Police to rely on the cost exemption for the remainder of
the request.  Please find attached my full Response Table.

Complaint Rights

Your attention is drawn to the information following this response, which
details your rights of review and of complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
to or e-mail me at the below address, quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Mr D May
Disclosure Analyst
FOI Team
Data Access Unit
Merseyside Police
PO BOX 59
LIVERPOOL L69 1JD
E-mail: [1][Merseyside Police request email]

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