Lincoln, Nebraska: Larceny from MV reports

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

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. ยง 84-712), 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 4 business days, as the statute requires.


Ben Hallman

From: Tonya L. Peters

Mr. Hallman,
The Lincoln Police Department does not have a report created with the information that you have requested. The law does not require the Lincoln Police Department to create a public record. However, the Lincoln Police Department makes much of what you are requesting available on-line, for free. However, you would need to gather the information.

The Lincoln Police Department provides the much of what you are requesting on-line. Please see this link:
-Daily Police Incidents: You can extract the data as a CSV file and run a number of different queries.
-Crime Listing by Area: As you drill down, you can see the call details.

If you want more information that what is provided on-line, you will need to use the above links to identify the specific case numbers in which you are requesting further documentation. The Lincoln Police Department may have a public information report for each of the cases you identify. The first four hours of collection is free, but after that you would be charged. Most likely, you would be charged $33.469/hr. for the employee that would normally full-fill this request between her daily work duties. There are approximately 2,500 public incident reports that may meet your request. I don't have a real good gauge as to how long it would take to pull each of the incident reports, but it would be faster to print to paper rather than printing to Adobe, saving, and compiling on a CD. The City charges $.25/pg.

The actual police reports are not public records subject to disclosure. If you would like a formal denial letter with the applicable statutes, please let me know. Otherwise, once you identify the records by case number that you are requesting, I will ask staff to begin working on your request.

Tonya Peters
Police Legal Advisor

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Tonya,

Thank you for the prompt response. When someone breaks into a car in Lincoln and steals something, what kind of report is generated? Those are the reports we're after.

From: Tonya L. Peters

That would depend on the case. An officer may only complete an investigatory incident report containing his/her investigation. Other cases may warrant additional case investigation reports or supplemental investigation reports, property reports, lab tests, etc. None of those are a public record subject to disclosure. The public incident report is a public record. If you want a copy of the public incident reports, you will need to identify which case numbers. You would use the link that I provided to search for the case numbers of interest to you. Some of the public incident report is available on-line. This is the information most researchers and reporters have ask for on a regular basis. There is more detail in SOME of the public incident reports, but there is a significant cost in pulling the public incident reports (depending on the number requested).


From: Ben Hallman

Can you send me a sample public incident report just so I know what kind of information it might contain?

From: Tonya L. Peters

Sorry for my delay in getting back to you! Attached is a sample.