VRM LoS & Recovery information

Waiting for an internal review by Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) of their handling of this request.

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I ask to be provided:

1. the records for theft of a motor vehicle from 01/01/2023 to 31/01/2024 (inclusive) month on month i.e. the number of vehicle thefts notified each month, in Excel format, detailing:

a. the make and model of the vehicle
b. the vehicle categorisation i.e. car, HGV, moped etc

2. whether the vehicles concerned have been recovered

Yours faithfully,

Mr P Swift

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Please could you add a column to the spreadsheet response for the age of the vehicle. To be clear, I am only seeking characters 3 and 4 of the VRM; the two numbers (the age identifier. . For example, 51 represents September 2001. The age identifier changes every six months in March and September.

Where the plate does not conform to this process, please either leave blank or display the 3rd and 4th characters

I appreciate the 20 working days for response will recommence as of today

Thank you

Mr P Swift

Cyclops on behalf of Dave Mayers, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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02/04/2024

 

 

 
 

 

Dear Mr Swift

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 01/FOI/24/035822

 

Please see the attached in respect of your Freedom of Information request
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Yours sincerely

 

 

Dave Mayers

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'VRM LoS & Recovery information'.

please provide the data in a format that enables me to identify which of the vehicles have been recovered. The data supplied provides totals but does not enable me to ascertain whether, for example, no lorries were recovered but all 4x4’s were.

Indeed, it is unclear whether the recoveries in, for example, January, relate to the thefts in that month or are cumulative i.e. represent vehicle found from thefts pre-dating 01/2023. I wish to understand this.

It can also not be determined whether the recoveries actually relate to MPS thefts i.e. whether, within the recovery number, vehicles reported stolen within other jurisdictions are included.

An example of a disclosure I am seeking can be found here:https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/v...
Please, as far is possible, provide the data in the same format; recovery against the loss subject vehicle.

Please confirm the recovery data has been checked & verified; that the MPS are recovering 45% to 55% (approx.) of vehicles stolen.

It is noted a neighbouring constabulary (Kent) by way of example, has a recovery rate of about 5%, is unable to locate 19 out of 20 stolen vehicles, whereas the met has a 10-fold outcome, recovering 10 in every 20 vehicles. The difference is stark.

Please confirm the theft data has been checked & verified. Your records indicate 39,494 vehicles were stolen in 2023. The DVLA theft notifications from the MPS total 27,924 for 2023, a difference o about 40%. The MPS difference alone increases the theft total (all constabularies) by over 10%, from 106,000 to 118,000 i.e. it significantly skews the figures.

Please provide the information the MPS possess about notifications to the DVLA and why the numbers would differ so greatly.

Section 40(2)(a)(b)(3)(A)(i) – Personal Information.

Please explain how simply providing the make and model would fall to the exemption, the ‘potential risk of identifying those involved in the investigation’.

This appears onerous, excessive. Others, to include the DVLA have identified make and model. I specifically avoided seeking the date of loss, just seeking the month to anonymise the data.

Other have provided the age denominators from the VRM. I did not seek this form you to ensure I did not, could not, fall foul of the exemption.

It appears there is an intention to erode the vehicle data supplied.

If the entry is left blank, this would be the information provided (for 1,003 entries)

An ‘accurate illustration’ of what?

What personal information do you believe is being sought and how have you determined this information to be ‘personal’?

The provision of information for the request of 08/02/2024 was due on or before 08/01/2024. It was received substantially out of time, 02/04/2024. Your prompt attention to this would be appreciated.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/v...

Yours faithfully,

Mr P Swift

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Good morning,

Thank you for your application, please find attached the documents in relation to your recent request.

Your unique reference number is 01/FOI/24/037106.

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Data Rights
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05/04/2024 MPS reply:
We write in connection with your request for a review of the handling and/or decision
relating to 01/FOI/24/035822. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) received this
request on 04/04/2024.
A review will now be conducted by a reviewing officer in accordance with the Code of
Practice issued under Section 45 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).
They will reconsider the original request before responding to you with their findings.
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However, the MPS aim to complete Internal Reviews within 20 working days; or in
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