What do 13 peddle cycles, 2 Apple iPhone 5s, 2 tablet computers and a quantity of cannabis plants all have in common?
Have you guessed yet?
That's right - these items and several others have been stolen from Merseyside Police buildings since 1st January 2015.
The peddle cycles alone were valued at almost £8,000.
Other items to have mysteriously walked away from Merseyside Police buildings include a pair of Nike trainers, two jackets, a training manual and £20 in cash.
Merseyside Police provided this information in its response to a Freedom of Information request by FOI By Proxy.
We also sought information about thefts from Merseyside Police vehicles over the same time period, which revealed that a police flat cap was stolen from a vehicle in Sefton sometime in 2015.
We are very interested in the fact that a quantity of cannabis plants have been stolen from Merseyside Police, so have sought additional information about that particular incidence of theft.
The full text of our request appears below:
Their Reference Number:
Request by FOI By Proxy (sent 21st January 2017):
Dear Merseyside Police,
I am making this request in accordance with the terms of section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please provide the following information in relation to buildings and vehicles under the control of Merseyside Police:
1. A list of every item reported stolen from a Merseyside Police building from 1st January 2015 to the present time. Please also provide the location of the theft and value of each item if known.
2. A list of every item reported stolen from a Merseyside Police vehicle from 1st January 2015 to the present time. Please also provide the location of the theft and value of each item if known.
In accordance with section 11 of the Act, please provide your response in electronic format to the return email address associated with this request.
Many thanks for your assistance.
On behalf of FOI By Proxy
Response by Merseyside Police (received 11th February 2017):
Merseyside Police provided the full information requested. You can view Merseyside Police's disclosure document at the link below.
You can view Merseyside Police's response here.