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Statistics on number plate theft

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Dear West Mercia Police,

I am writing to you to gather information on the statistics of number plate theft in the Herfordshire and Worcestershire area in the last 5 years.

I would also be interested in knowing how many of these thefts then involved other crimes, with the stolen number plate being used.

Many thanks.

Yours faithfully,
Paris Wellings

Information Compliance West Mercia, West Mercia Police

 
Dear Paris Wellings
 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 9241
 
I write in connection with your request for information dated 13th January
2018 which was received on 15th January  2018.
 
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 West Mercia Police 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.
 
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or telephone the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number
above.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Miss L MacKinnon
Information Compliance Assistant
Information Compliance Unit
Hindlip
Warwickshire Police & West Mercia Police
 
 
 

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Information Compliance West Mercia, West Mercia Police

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Dear Sir/Madam
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 9241
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
on 15^th January 2018.  Please find below the response to your request:
1. I am writing to you to gather information on the statistics of number
plate theft in the Herefordshire and Worcestershire area in the last 5
years.
REPLY: A search of force systems has been conducted for offences with a
Recorded Date between 01/01/2013 and 03/10/2017 ignoring No Crimes where
the Property Category was equal to 'VEHICLE PARTS/ACCESSORIES' and the
Property Sub Category was equal to 'REGISTRATION PLATES' and the Division
was equal to 'C', 'D' or 'E'. Locations were removed that are not in
Worcestershire or Herefordshire.
The Number of Instances of Stolen Registration Plates has been presented
by County and Year and the Number of Offences of Stolen Registration
Plates by County and Year in the attached tables.
Some of the offences involved theft of registration plates from more than
vehicle.
Data is not currently available from October 2017 due to the changeover to
a new recording system.
2. I would also be interested in knowing how many of these thefts then
involved other crimes, with the stolen number plate being used.
REPLY: Please be advised that the information that you have requested is
not available in a readily retrievable format. Information regarding how
many thefts then involved other crimes, with the stolen number plate being
used, is not held centrally or in an electronically retrievable format. It
would require a manual review of all the incident and offence records in
order for us to try to identify the relevant information for your request.
Therefore the cost of providing you with the information is above the
amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of
locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as
stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit)
Regulations 2004.
In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts
as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a
request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole
request
However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide
advice and assistance in relation to your request and have provided the
information requested for question 1 as this was retrieved during our
initial research. This should not be taken as a precedent that additional
information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any
subsequent requests
Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided by our
SSI Department is as accurate as possible
Your attention is drawn to the below which details your right of
complaint.
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or telephone the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number
above.
Yours sincerely
 
Mrs R Williams
Information Compliance Unit
Warwickshire Police & West Mercia Police
PO Box 55
Hindlip
Worcester
WR3 8SP
01905 331545 / 331565
 
West Mercia Police in complying with their statutory duty under sections 1
and 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed
information 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 The Force Solicitor, West Mercia Police
Headquarters, PO Box 55, Hindlip, Worcester, WR3 8SP.
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Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police are committed to providing the
best possible service to our communities and putting victims at the heart
of everything we do.

For information on services and support given to our victims by us and our
criminal justice partners visit our websites:

Warwickshire Police: [3]www.warwickshire.police.uk/puttingvictimsfirst
West Mercia Police: [4]www.westmercia.police.uk/puttingvictimsfirst

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3. https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/putti...
4. http://www.westmercia.police.uk/puttingv...

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