Disclosure Details

Theft of heating oil - 661/14

Dated: 01 Sep 2014

Date of request:    18/08/14

Date of response:  01/09/14

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

Thank you for your email dated 18 August 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: 

1) Please can you supply me with any information relating to heating oil theft, or the theft of heating oil from oil tanks that has occurred within the last 5 years.

2) Please can you supply me with any information relating to diesel theft*, or the theft of diesel from storage tanks that has occurred within the last 5 years.

*We are not interested in theft from vehicles, but we are interested in information on the theft of diesel from storage tanks on commercial properties (used to refuel vehicles or machinery such as Lorries, tractors, and construction equipment.)
To clarify I mean anything such as date, location, what was stolen - how much was stolen, was it from a residential or commercial property?

I think these are the main statistics I'd be interested in.

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. 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 in this FOI is based on the number of crimes where diesel, heating oil or kerosene have been stolen in the last five years.
Each crime has then been assessed in order to answer the questions posed.
I have provided a list of crimes for each question showing the month, type of property stolen, value, location type, area command and sector that the crime was committed in.

Please note that some locations don't fit into either commercial or residential properties eg; church, building site so these have been grouped as "Other".

Please also note that the information has been disclosed in a way in which exemptions to withhold have been avoided.  The information therefore will not be broken down further.

With the above in mind please see the attached which answers your queries.

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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