16 July 2017

Thefts from West Yorkshire Police


Cocky criminals have stolen tens of thousands of pounds worth of property from West Yorkshire Police over the last three years, according to records obtained by FOI By Proxy.

Their ill-gotten gains included two motorcycles, a Polaris RZR 1000 off-road vehicle, three Honda TRX 500 quad bikes, three cars and nine mountain bikes.

In the interests of balance we should mention that some of the items listed above were subsequently recovered by the police, although we don't know in what condition.

Numerous personal electronic devices were also stolen from police buildings and vehicles. These included laptops, tablets, mobile communication devices and sat navs.

Some of the more unusual items to have been pilfered included a doorbell, an ANPR camera, a shopping trolley and a pair of safety glasses.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "West Yorkshire Police ensures that their employees take seriously the need to care for and safeguard all items of police property. Such items are purchased out of public funds and must be looked after properly. Unfortunately, there will be occasions where items can be stolen whilst officers are dealing with more pressing matters. All thefts are investigated in the same manner as with thefts from the general public.

"When radios are stolen they are remotely disabled. All electronic devices such as radios and computer equipment used by West Yorkshire Police are password protected and encrypted for security purposes."

The full text of our request appears below:

Public Authority:
West Yorkshire Police

Their Reference Number:
366/17

Request by FOI By Proxy (sent 21st January 2017):
Dear West Yorkshire 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 West Yorkshire Police:

1. A list of every item reported stolen from a West Yorkshire 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 West Yorkshire 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.

Yours faithfully,

[Name]
On behalf of FOI By Proxy

Response by West Yorkshire Police (received 15th July 2017):
West Yorkshire provided most of the information requested. You can view the information provided by West Yorkshire Police at the links below.

Supporting Material:
You can view West Yorkshire Police's disclosure documents here and here.

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