Gun Theft Stats

Brian Freskos filed this request with the City of North Las Vegas Police Department of North Las Vegas, NV.
Tracking # DOC082916-08292016072050
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Completed

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From: Ben Hallman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Nevada Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

1) The total number of firearms reported stolen to your department in 2015.

2) The total number of firearms reported stolen from motor vehicles to your department in 2015.

I submitted on July 21 and 22 requests for police reports related to the theft of firearms from motor vehicles and asking for the total number of automobile burglaries in 2015. If you have not already completed that request, please complete this one first if possible.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ben Hallman

From: Denise Scarff

The response, below, is in reference to the first request you sent
regarding stolen firearm reports. Attached is your original request.
Prior to proceeding, we do need confirmation that you will pay for each
report. Once we have confirmation that you will pay for the reports, I
will send the total cost and once we receive payment, the request will be
processed.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Denise Scarff <scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com>
Date: Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 10:14 AM
Subject: Public records request
To: requests@muckrock.com

The attached public records request is under review. The cost for incident
reports are $5.00 each. Custom reports for statistics are $40.00 each.
Please advise if you would like us to proceed. Until I have had adequate
time to review the request, I will not know the total cost. We will need a
minimum of 30 days for full review.

--
Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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From: Ben Hallman

Hi Denise,

Please hold off on the initial request for incidents right now. We might decide to proceed with analyzing the reports in the future. But for now all we need are the following numbers:

1) Number of firearms stolen from all sources (residences, businesses, cars, etc.) in 2015.

2) Number of firearms stolen just from cars in 2015.

From: Denise Scarff

Good morning,

We do not keep this data in a readily available format. This request would
require us to create a custom report. In order to proceed, we require
payment. Each report is $40.00 for a total of $80.00. Please mail payment
to my attention at:

Denise Scarff
North Las Vegas Police Department
2266 Civic Center Drive
North Las Vegas, NV 89030

--
Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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From: Ben Hallman

Once you have payment, about how long will it take to complete the request?

From: Denise Scarff

The request will be completed within 5-7 working days.

--
Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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From: Ben Hallman

Hi Denise, can you send me an invoice for this request? Then we'll put a check in the mail.

From: Denise Scarff

Please see attached.

--
Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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From: Ben Hallman

Hi Denise,

Thank you for sending that! I spoke to my editor yesterday and we were wondering how much it might cost to get enough data to look a trend. Would you mind telling me much would it cost to get just the number of thefts of guns from cars for each year from 2006 through 2015?

From: Denise Scarff

We are unable to process stats for this request from 2006 through September
9, 2010. On September 10, 2010, we changed report management systems and
we cannot pull the data requested from our legacy system. It would take
approximately 15 to 20 hours to process the request including September 10,
2010 through 2014. The approximate charge would be $600 to $800. We would
not know the exact cost until the report is completed. The request would
take approximately four to six weeks to complete.

Denise

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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From: Ben Hallman

Ok I understand. We've run into the same thing at other departments. Could you give me annual totals of guns stolen from cars for each year 2011 through 2015?

From: Denise Scarff

We can provide stats for 2011 through 2015. The estimated cost is $320.
Due to staffing patterns, we will not have the numbers available for 4 - 6
weeks. Once the information is available, I will send you the final cost.

Denise

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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From: Denise Scarff

I received the final numbers for your gun stat request. It did not take as
long as anticipated, so the final cost is $160.00 I attached a letter with
our mailing address. Once payment is received, I can email the numbers.

Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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From: Ben Hallman

Thanks! I sent to my people for approval. The check should be in the mail in about a week.

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Denise,

Just following up. Did you receive the check for this request? If not I need to check with our people to see what the issue is.

From: Denise Scarff

I have not received the check. Please make sure it is mailed to 2266 Civic
Center Drive, N. Las Vegas, NV 89030 and to my attention.

Thanks,

Denise

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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From: Ben Hallman

Hi Denise,

Found out the issue. I've been asked to see if we could negotiate the cost of the request to $80. We're a nonprofit organization and operate on a tight budget. We're trying to collect similar data from 120 cities and counties. The project will show how often firearm theft occurs and our previous coverage has resulted in heightened awareness among gun owners to keep their firearms securely stored to prevent theft.

From: Denise Scarff

Good morning,

We have already spent many hours on this request. The cost doesn't even
cover the time it took to complete this request. The City charges $40.00
per hour for research. Generally, I do give everyone a break. Our custom
reports are a minimum of $40 each. I normally only charge the $40 if the
research takes less than 2 hours. If the research exceeds two hours, I
charge accordingly. The statistics for 2015 took almost 2 hours to
complete. The other years (2011-2014) took an hour each. The actual fee
for this request should be $240.00. As you can see, I did discount the
fee, already. As you may recall on September 1, I quoted $320.00 for this
report. You did not object to the fee, at that time, so we processed the
request in good faith.

Denise

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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From: Ben Hallman

Sounds good Denise. I'll forward the invoice on to our accounting folks and they'll put the check in the mail. We're in New York so it might take a week or two to reach you. But I'll follow up and make sure you received it. Thank you and your staff for your help with this request.

From: Denise Scarff

Mr. Hallman,

Attached are the stats for the total number of guns stolen from motor
vehicles for the years 2011-2015.

Denise

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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From: Ben Hallman

Thank you so much Denise! And please pass along my thanks to whomever also assisted on this request. We really appreciate it!

I can't remember exactly all we discussed, but are we getting statistics for firearms stolen from all sources (cars, homes, businesses, etc.) from 2011 to 2015?

From: Denise Scarff

I will. Our statistician will appreciate it.

On September 1, you narrowed the request down to guns stolen from motor
vehicles for the years 2011-2015.

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Denise Scarff
Police Records Manager
North Las Vegas Police Department
Mon-Thurs 0700-1700
702-633-1728
scarffm@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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From: Ben Hallman

That's right I forgot. Thanks again!

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