Please can you provide me with the number of police reports, per city/borough, of indecent exposure from neighbours between the following periods:
1st January 2021 - Present
1st January 2020 - 31st December 2020
1st January 2019 - 31st December 2019
By neighbours, I refer to reports made by residents having seen their neighbour exposed. I understand that although this is not legally a crime to be nude in your own home, there have been instances where people have reported their neighbours.
Extent of Searches to Locate Information
Following receipt of your request searches were conducted within North Yorkshire Police to locate relevant information.
I am not obliged to provide you with a response to your request pursuant to Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act). Please note that when one part of your request falls under Section 12, we are not obliged to review the rest of the questions and the whole request is therefore exempt.
Section 12(1) applies to your request as the cost of complying with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of identifying and retrieving any relevant information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.
Due to the nature of our recording systems the information requested, if held, is not in an easily retrievable format. In order to retrieve the requested information, it would be necessary to manually read over 200 Exposure Crimes in order to ascertain if a neighbour was involved, which would exceed the time limit allowed under the Act. This is because “neighbour “is not a searchable filed on our crime recording systems.
Pursuant to Section 17(5) of the Freedom of Information Act this letter acts as a Refusal Notice.
Pursuant to Section 16 of the Act I am required to offer you advice and assistance with regarding to refining your request to within the ‘appropriate limit’ (time/cost limit). As a refinement suggest, we will be able to provide statistical data for Exposure crimes for the time periods requested. If you wish to discuss this please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please note that systems used for recording information are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. It should be noted therefore that this force’s response to your questions should not be used for comparison purposes with any other responses you may receive.