Columbus, Ohio MV Theft

Brian Freskos filed this request with the Columbus Division of Police of Columbus, OH.
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From: Ben Hallman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Ohio Open Records Law, 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Ben Hallman

From: Ben Hallman

Given the quantity of reports that our request is likely to produce, we want to narrow it. Instead of requesting incident reports for every larceny from a motor vehicle in 2015, we are now only requesting reports for larcenies from motor vehicles in which a firearm was stolen in 2015.

We still want see all the information contained in the report, including, but not limited to, the time and location of each incident; 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; the victims' names, ages and contact information; and the narrative summary of what happened.

Please also provide the TOTAL number of larcenies from motor vehicles that were reported to your department in 2015, no matter what, if anything, was stolen. All we need here is a number.

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.

From: Hedges, Heather

Mr. Hallman,

I received your request for reports for thefts from motor vehicles where a firearm was stolen in 2015 and the total number of thefts from motor vehicles reported in 2015. I checked our report system and found that we had 9285 reports filed in 2015 for thefts from motor vehicles. To break it down even further there were 4037 felony thefts from motor vehicles and 5248 misdemeanor thefts from motor vehicles. Unfortunately we are not able to search for which of the felony thefts are firearms and I am unable to go through 4037 reports to find which ones include firearms as we are not supposed to do research. I checked with our Auto Theft Unit who handles those reports and they stated they also so not keep statistics on how many guns are reported stolen from motor vehicles each year. So I am sorry to say that I am unable to provide you with that information.
Thanks,
Heather Hedges
Public Records Unit
614-645-4896

From: Ben Hallman

Ok thank you for checking Heather.

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