Added by Freedom of Information Team on 18 January 2017 at 10:58
1. How many Land Rover Defenders have been stolen in the last two years (if you could provide a month-by-month breakdown from January 2015 that’d be great)?
2. How many of those Land Rover defender’s stolen are used in further crimes, if so, do you have a breakdown of the types of crimes (e.g. raids, joy riding, etc.)
3. Has your Constabulary noticed an increase in the number of thefts of Land Rover defenders, is there a reason why this is?
4.How frequently are they recovered?
We have 14 reports of theft of a Land Rover Defender in 2015 and 24 reports in 2016, of these 7 vehicles were recovered.
One Land Rover Defender was used in two further offences of criminal damage.
I am unable to provide the number of Land Rover Defenders stolen per month as this would allow individuals to be identified, particularly the victims of these offences. The exemption applicable to the information is Section 40 (2), third party personal information, this is an Absolute exemption. Any information to which a request relates is exempt if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is not the data subject and if disclosure of that information to a member of the public would contravene any of the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act. In this particular case, disclosure of this information would contravene Principles 1 and 2 of the Act, whereby personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and only obtained for one or more specified purpose or purposes.
In respect of question 3, the freedom of Information act allows a right of access to recorded information. For the purpose of the act information that is recorded/ Documented can be disclosed. Information will not be held for the purpose of the act where it relates to for example, understanding, knowledge and opinion and is not recorded.
There is no obligation for the Constabulary to create information to satisfy a request. In this instance we would need to create an answer to your questions. As such the answer is not recorded.
FOI reference: 1521/16.
Date of request: 21.12.16.