Disclosure Details

Rural Crimes - 962/13

Dated: 15 Jan 2014

Date of request:    13/12/2013

Date of response:  15/01/2014

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

Thank you for your email dated 13 December 2013 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: 

I am specifically looking to obtaining the following:

1. Your force's policy on rural crime

2. Details of schemes you operate that tackle rural crime

3. Data relating to reported rural crimes for the financial year 2012/13, with information as follows:

If at all possible, it would be excellent to obtain data for all notifiable offences by Area Command, along with data relating to those offences that have taken place on farms, to provide a comparision. If it helps, I would be happy to receive numbers against the following notifiable offences:

Violence Against the Person
Burglary Dwelling
Burglary Other
Theft of a Vehicle
Theft from a Vehicle
Other Theft (to include theft from the person)
Fraud and Forgery
Criminal Damage
Other Notifiable Offences (this to include the remainder of offences classifications: Misc crimes against society; NFIB fraud; possession of weapons; public order offences; sexual offences).

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 Strategy and Performance Unit  of Northumbria Police for a response to  question 3 .
I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.

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

1. No information held.  We do not have a policy specifically for rural crimes. You may be interested to know that all Northumbria Police policies are freely available on the Northumbria Poolice website. I have attached a link to the relevant page below.

2. As the information you have requested at this part of your request is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information. 

Details of such schemes are published on the Northumbria Police website and are therefore already in  the public domain, and can be found via simple research.  In order to assist I have provided the link below for information provided by searching for 'rural crime'. I have provided a further link to our Farm Watch Scheme and Farm security advice.



Please note the information provided has been obtained by using the fields for locations which start with the word "FARM", ie FARM, FARMLAND, FARMHOUSE.

Please see attached.

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.

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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