Vehicular crime in the Wolverhampton area during 2016

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Dear West Midlands Police,

Please provide the answer to this freedom of information request:

1) During the calendar year 2016, how many vehicular break-ins (the breaking of glass or metal to provide unlawful access) were reported to West Midlands police, within the Wolverhampton area (WV postcodes) this includes cars, vans, buses, and other forms of enclosed motorised vehicles?

2) Of those break-ins in question 1, how many were damage only?

3) Of those break-ins in question 1, how many involved the theft of goods or property?

4) Of those break-ins in question 1, how many did West Midlands Police attend (a physical police presence to investigate at the scene of the crime)?

5) Of those break-ins in question 1, in how many cases was a suspect identified?

6) Regarding question 3, how many cases involved all items being retrieved or returned to the owner?

Thank you for taking the time to answer this question.

Yours faithfully,

Matty Lee

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Freedom of Information,

Dear Matty Lee

 

 

 

FOI Request Reference: 1784/17

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 10/02/2017

 

REQUEST

 

1) During the calendar year 2016, how many vehicular break-ins (the
breaking of glass or metal to provide unlawful access) were reported to
West Midlands police, within the Wolverhampton area (WV postcodes) this
includes cars, vans, buses, and other forms of enclosed motorised
vehicles?

 

2) Of those break-ins in question 1, how many were damage only?

 

3) Of those break-ins in question 1, how many involved the theft of goods
or property?

 

4) Of those break-ins in question 1, how many did West Midlands Police
attend (a physical police presence to investigate at the scene of the
crime)?

 

5) Of those break-ins in question 1, in how many cases was a suspect
identified?

 

6) Regarding question 3, how many cases involved all items being retrieved
or returned to the owner?

 

 

RESPONSE

 

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this
information.  We would have to manually search through the MO notes in
order to locate and retrieve this information.

 

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the
appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).

 

Therefore, the cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to
which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and
retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under
section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands
Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom
of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees)
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However rather than refusing your request outright at this stage, I would
like to explore with you how West Midlands Police may best assist you to
request relevant information which we hold. Within the cost limit we could
search for offences of ‘theft from motor vehicle’.

 

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