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E-Scooter Seizures and Incidents 2018-2021

Date of request: April 30, 2021
Reference: 587-21

Request

  • Please provide the number of reported incidents involving electric scooters (i.e. the term “electric scooter” or “e-scooter” is mentioned in the incident report);
  • If it is within the time/cost limit set by the FOI Act, please provide a brief description and the month of each reported incident listed in your answer to question;
  • How many e-scooters / electric scooters that have been seized by your police force?

Please provide answers to questions 1-3 for the calendar years 2018, 2019, 2020 and for the period 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2021 (or up to the latest date for which you have data).

Response

Please find below the number of occurrences identified and the number of seizures made where the key word ‘e-scooter’ was mentioned; between 1st January 2018 and up to and including the date of your request.

  2018 2019 2020 2021*
Occurrences 7 17 247 129
Seizures 0 1 4 2

 

Please also find attached the summaries identified through a keyword search of the word ‘e-scooters’ and ‘electric scooters.’

It is worth noting that the information collected for this request was identified using a key text search of the Modus Operandi (MO) and seizure records. Key word searches are problematic as they do not in any way provide an accurate response. If the key words have not been mentioned, the data will not be collected. Vice versa, if the key words have been mentioned in an unrelated context, irrelevant data will be collected. This will include results such as ‘push scooters’, ‘mobility scooters’ and motorcycles/ mopeds which have been recorded as a ‘scooter’.

Some of the information provided in the attachment has been redacted as to provide the information in an unredacted format would identify personal information. The exemption applicable to this is;

  • Section 40(2), third party personal information.

This is an Absolute exemption so therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test. Any information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act if it relates to or is supplied by another individual and disclosure of that information would contravene any of the data protection principles set out in:

(a) Article 5(1) of the GDPR, and

(b) Section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018;

A Freedom of Information Disclosure is a disclosure to the world. Therefore information that is provided can be viewed by any member of the public. To provide the information unredacted may have severe consequences. For example, an individual may be identified by another member of the public. Alternatively an individual could identify themselves, and be aware that their personal data has been used unlawfully.

Should the information be provided in a format in which a living individual could be identified this would constitute personal data. This would then become a breach of rights provided under the Data Protection Act 2018. Information held on an individual by Avon and Somerset Constabulary is done so lawfully and is used for a policing purpose in line with the principles set out in the GDPR. Our privacy policy can be viewed here

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