Housebreaking (Inverclyde) since 2007/8 (R011910)
Thank you for your e-mail of 7 December 2015 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):
“… how many people have been charged of the crime of housebreaking within Inverclyde broken down by each financial year since 2007/08.”
I also refer to your additional contact in respect of this request on 21 December 2015 when you advised that you were also interested in attempted housebreaking charges and requested that these be included in the data provided.
Firstly, I should explain that the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service’s case management database is a live, operating database. It is designed to meet our business needs in relation to the processing of cases and the information within it is structured accordingly. We do not have a separate statistical database, and hold only operational data needed for business purposes. Where we do provide information the data provided refers to the number of charges and not the number of persons reported; one of more charge(s) may relate to the same accused person.
Where you have referred to “charged” within your request, I have interpreted this as reported to COPFS for the purposes of my response. The Inverclyde area falls within the jurisdiction of the Procurator Fiscal’s Office in Greenock. While we do endeavour to provide information where possible, unfortunately we are unable to electronically isolate loci which are specifically located within the Inverclyde area as to do so would require a manual check of the total charges of this type reported within the jurisdiction of the Procurator Fiscal’s Office in Greenock. I should explain that under section 12 of FOISA public authorities are not required to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying would exceed the upper cost limit, which is currently set at £600 by Regulations made under section 12. I hope you will appreciate that a manual check of each charge reported in terms of staff time would exceed the upper cost limit referred to above.
The data I have been able to provide reflects the number of housebreaking and attempted housebreaking charges reported to COPFS within the Greenock jurisdiction by Police Scotland broken down by financial year from 2007/08 to 2014/15. The data is attached in the table below at Annex A.
| Housebreaking and attempted housebreaking charges reported to COPFS in Greenock PFO jurisdiction