Baltimore, Maryland: Larceny from MV reports

Brian Freskos filed this request with the Baltimore Police Department of Baltimore, MD.
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From: Ben Hallman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Maryland's Public Information Act ("PIA"), I hereby request the following records:

Police reports for every motor vehicle break-in and/or larceny from a motor vehicle that occurred in 2015. I want to determine how many vehicle break-ins occurred in your jurisdiction and basic information about each, including what, if anything, was stolen.

I want to see all the information contained in each police report, including, but not limited to, the time and location of each crime; the criminal's method of entry; the make and model of the vehicle; descriptions of what was stolen and where from inside the vehicle each item was stolen; victims' names, ages, addresses and contact information; and the narrative summary of what happened.

If this data is collated in a digital file or database, providing the results of a search query that yields this information would be an acceptable substitute to physical copies of the reports.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ben Hallman

From: DCU

Mr. Hallman
The Cost of running larceny from auto reports is $10 per district (9 districts) per year. In this case $90. The report would contain approximately 1000 pages per district and would look like the attached sample. The actual offense report would be $10 per report (over 7000 for this sample).

If you would like the list of larceny from autos remit check or money order in the amount of $10 per district $90.00 payable to the Director of Finance; mail the payment to the Baltimore Police Department's Office Legal Affairs, 100 N Holiday St., Room 100, Baltimore, Md. 21202. If this office does not receive payment within 30 days of the date of this letter, this file will be closed. Please refer to tracking # MPIA 16 473 in any subsequent correspondence in this matter.

Sincerely,

Wayne Brooks
Assistant to Legal Affairs
Baltimore Police Department
100 N Holiday St., Room 100,
Baltimore, Md. 21202
DCU@baltimorepolice.org<mailto:DCU@baltimorepolice.org>

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From: Ben Hallman

Thank you Wayne.

We'd really like to see more information than what it is the sample you sent. If we got the actual offense report, would that contain more information? And am I understanding that right that each offense report is $10, so x7000 offenses would be about $70,000?

What if instead of requesting offense reports for every larceny from a motor vehicle in 2015, we requested only reports for larcenies from motor vehicles in which a firearm was stolen in 2015? How much would the estimated cost be and how long would it take to get us those reports?

From: DCU

The Database does not track by items stolen form autos. If a firearm is stolen the information is recorded with NCIC, a DOJ database, however I know of no firearms stolen from audio data. Yes the actual report would have more information in most cases, $10 x7000 offenses would be about $70,000 for one district. There are 9 districts.

I know of no data track as you asks for.

Sincerely,

Wayne Brooks
Assistant to Legal Affairs
Baltimore Police Department
100 N Holiday St., Room 100,
Baltimore, Md. 21202
DCU@baltimorepolice.org<mailto:DCU@baltimorepolice.org>

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From: Ben Hallman

Thank you Wayne. If we get the $90 reports like the sample you attached, would we be able to see, maybe in the "Remarks" section, whether a firearm was stolen? If so, then maybe we could flag those cases and request only those actual offense reports.

From: DCU

It’s not going to list the stolen property in these reports. I know of no way of running a report that list firearms stolen from vehicles.

Sincerely,

Wayne Brooks
Assistant to Legal Affairs
Baltimore Police Department
100 N Holiday St., Room 100,
Baltimore, Md. 21202
DCU@baltimorepolice.org<mailto:DCU@baltimorepolice.org>

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From: Ben Hallman

Thank you. I have been in contact with other police department who tell me they can search auto burglary reports for stolen firearms. Is the Baltimore PD capable doing this?

From: DCU

In Maryland there is no auto burglary. It is Larceny from Auto witch is a Part I offense and reported under UCR. Property stolen from auto is not required to be reported.

I’m checking with our I T. They have the most knowledge of the capabilities of our Databases. However, if the BPD does not currently track the data or able run a simple inquiry to run a report, the BPD is not going to create a records to satisfy a MPIA request.

Thank You

Wayne Brooks
Assistant to Legal Affairs
Baltimore Police Department
410 396 2395

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From: Ben Hallman

I understand. Please let me know about your IT people say.

From: DCU

Mr. Ben Hallman

The I T director has asked the developer of the BPD Inpursuit database if they could reconfigure the database in such a way to run a report that provides data showing handguns stolen from autos in 2015. Even though the reconfiguring of our database is not required, it was done to satisfy your request. The Custodian of Records has authorized me to waive all fees and release the attached report.

I hope this is what you are looking for.

Sincerely,

Wayne Brooks
Assistant to Legal Affairs
Baltimore Police Department
100 N Holiday St., Room 100,
Baltimore, Md. 21202
DCU@baltimorepolice.org<mailto:DCU@baltimorepolice.org>

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From: Ben Hallman

Wow thank you so much! And please relay my thanks to the It director and the developer.

From: DCU

When you write your article remember how accommodating the BPD was.

Sincerely,

Wayne Brooks
Assistant to Legal Affairs
Baltimore Police Department
100 N Holiday St., Room 100,
Baltimore, Md. 21202
DCU@baltimorepolice.org<mailto:DCU@baltimorepolice.org>

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From: Ben Hallman

Definitely will! Thanks again!

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Mr. Brooks,

Would there be any way for the developer to see how many guns were stolen from all sources (residences, businesses, cars, gun shops, etc.)? We like to see what percentage of all gun thefts happen in motor vehicles.

From: DCU

Mr. Hallman

I will check with the BPD I T. Please understand there may be a charge. Over 2 hours has already been expended on your requests. Also if the developer of database has to reconfigure the database they may charge the BPD.

If you want the BPD to waive these fees I will need from you how the general public benefits vs the cost to the taxpayers of Baltimore City and the State of Maryland. What the informative value of the information to be disclosed, the contribution to an understanding of the subject by the public likely to result from disclosure of theses BPD records, the targeted audience and the significance of the contribution to public understanding. I also need to know if Muckrock or its subsidiaries has charged a fee to a third party to make this request.

Sincerely,

Wayne Brooks
Assistant to Legal Affairs
Baltimore Police Department
100 N Holiday St., Room 100,
Baltimore, Md. 21202
DCU@baltimorepolice.org<mailto:DCU@baltimorepolice.org>

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From: Ben Hallman

Hi Wayne,

Our media outlet is called The Trace. You can find us at TheTrace.org. MuckRock is a nonprofit, self-service records request management system that we use to make it easier to keep track of the requests that we file. We have more than 200 outstanding requests right now and as you can imagine it's hard to keep track of that many through traditional means.

The Trace is a nonprofit media outlet that partners with other news organizations to expand coverage of guns in the United States. We're working with The Guardian for this story, which will highlight the volume of guns stolen every year in the U.S. and their role in violent crime. Knowing how many of the guns stolen in Baltimore come from cars may encourage residents to lock their doors or avoid storing firearms in their vehicles altogether.

I hope this helps explain. If that's enough justification, just let me know how much the fees will be and the estimated processing time and we'll see about sending a check.

Thanks!

From: DCU

The Baltimore Police Department in cooperation with the local media and our public outreach works with the community to educate the citizens of Baltimore that a well secured firearms is essential to a safe city. I personally do not see how the an online article in The Guardian or TheTrace.org would educate the citizens of Baltimore out outweigh the costs to them given the fact we have provided the Muckrock, The Guardian and other bloggers and online news outlet substantial amount of staff time to search, create and process BPD records at little or no costs to the news outlets. Please understand the Baltimore Police Department has limited resources it can devote to public information requests.

I have asked the I T configure the database to produce a report showing the stolen firearms for 2015 and provide the category of the incident and location.

Sincerely,

Wayne Brooks
Assistant to Legal Affairs
Baltimore Police Department
100 N Holiday St., Room 100,
Baltimore, Md. 21202
DCU@baltimorepolice.org<mailto:DCU@baltimorepolice.org>

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: The information contained in or attached to this e-mail message may be a privileged and confidential attorney/client communication, or otherwise confidential, and is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are notified that any distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the Legal Affairs Division immediately by telephone at 410-396-2496 and DELETE the message from your system immediately. Thank you.

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From: Ben Hallman

Thank you

From: DCU

Mr. Hallman
Please see the attached records. All fees are being waived

Sincerely,

Wayne Brooks
Assistant to Legal Affairs
Baltimore Police Department
100 N Holiday St., Room 100,
Baltimore, Md. 21202
DCU@baltimorepolice.org<mailto:DCU@baltimorepolice.org>

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: The information contained in or attached to this e-mail message may be a privileged and confidential attorney/client communication, or otherwise confidential, and is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are notified that any distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the Legal Affairs Division immediately by telephone at 410-396-2496 and DELETE the message from your system immediately. Thank you.

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From: Ben Hallman

Thank you Wayne! Can we get the numbers for 2015 too? I'm sorry I should have been more clear in my initial request for this as to what time frame we wanted.

From: DCU

What day is payday at MuckRock. Sometimes if feels like I’m working for you LOL

Here is 2015.

Sincerely,

Wayne Brooks
Assistant to Legal Affairs
Baltimore Police Department
100 N Holiday St., Room 100,
Baltimore, Md. 21202
DCU@baltimorepolice.org<mailto:DCU@baltimorepolice.org>

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From: Ben Hallman

haha thank you so much!

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Mr. Brooks,

I received the data from 2006 to 2014 as well as the 2015 data that you previously gave us. Just one question: The Units column, is that how many were stolen? So, for example, if it has a "2" under Units and "HANDGUN" under Property Type, would that mean that two handguns were stolen in that theft?

From: DCU

Where the property count is greater than one, it lists the firearms above it.

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