Disclosure Details

Cashback thefts - 721/14

Dated: 07 Oct 2014

Date of request:      05/09/14

Date of response:  07/10/14

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 5 September 2014 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

  Can you please tell me:

1. The number of reported thefts of cashback being left at self service tills within Sunderland area command in the last three years, itemised by year.

2. How many of these led to conviction?

3. How many led to cautions?

4. How many of those convicted / cautioned were first time offenders?

5. The total amount of reported cashback thefts?

To clarify I was referring to  instances where the shopper has paid for purchases with a card in a self-service till and requested cash, which has then been accidentally left behind and subsequently stolen.
Can you supply recorded crimes, please?"

In response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Strategy and Performance Unit  of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The information provided is based on the number of crimes of theft and handling between 01/04/2011 and 31/03/2014. These crimes were then reviewed to identify crimes relating to theft of cashback from self service tills (all crimes included in the response were categorised as either 'Stealing from automatic machine and meters' or 'Stealing not classified elsewhere').

1.  Number of crimes relating to thefts of cashback from self service tills within Sunderland, by year

2011/12 - 13

2012/12 - 16

2013/14 - 18 

 2. 1

3. 7

4. 1

5. The total value of cashback stolen is £1,260.00.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would expect that you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above so as not to mislead members of the public or official bodies or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

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