Dated: 14 Sep 2016
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 16 August 2016 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
I’m looking for data related to shoplifting offences in the region. I would like to find out:
1. How many shoplifting offences were reported to the force in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015?
2. How many shoplifting offences reported to the force resulted in arrest in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015?
3. Of those people arrested on suspicion of shoplifting offences, what ages were they?
4. How many shoplifting offences reported to the force resulted in charges in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015?
5. Of those people charged with shoplifting offences, what ages were they?
6. For the offences resulting in a charge – what item/items were shoplifted by the offenders?
To clarify I’d like to find out the number of recorded crimes please.
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 am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
The results for Q4, relating to charges, is based on the total number of charges given, rather than the number of offences that resulted in a charge. This is because you then ask for the ages of people charged and there may be more than one offender per crime.
With the above in mind please see the attached which answers your query in full
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.