Disclosure Details

Homeless Victims - 771/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:   04/10/2012

Date of response:   19/10/2012 

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

Thank you for your email dated 4 October 2012 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: 

1. The number of victims of crime/aggrieved person per year and over the past five calendar years, who were recorded as 'homeless' or any other related code (for example, No Fixed Address, NFA) ?
2. The above information broken down into the crime of which the person was a victim or alleged victim?
3. The list of all codes used to define homelessness for victims of crime

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1 & 2. This information is based on the number of crimes for the last five calendar years where the victims address has been recorded as either
"NFA", "No fixed abode" or Homeless.

With the above in mind please see the below attached.

3.  There is no Home Office code to define homelessness.  As previous, the above key address descriptions have been used to denote their status as of the time of the crime

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 crime data .  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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