San Jose, California MV theft

Brian Freskos filed this request with the San Jose Police Department of San Jose, CA.
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From: Ben Hallman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), 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 calendar days, as the statute requires.

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: Becker, Tamara

That is helpful. I will advise the Research and Development unit of this updated information.

Tamara Becker
Open Government Manager
City of San José |City Manager's Office
200 East Santa Clara Street | 17th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113-1905
(408) 535-8120 F(408) 920.7007
Tamara.Becker@sanjoseca.gov

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you Tamara. Please let me know if you have any questions. I can be reached here or on my cell: (919) 522-6354.

From: Becker, Tamara

Thanks,

This is a pretty straight forward request. There may be some programming time in order to extract this data. Someone at the PD will likely be in contact.

Take care,

Tamara Becker
Open Government Manager
City of San José |City Manager's Office
200 East Santa Clara Street | 17th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113-1905
(408) 535-8120 F(408) 920.7007
Tamara.Becker@sanjoseca.gov

From: Ben Hallman

Sounds good! Thanks!

From: Villarreal, Monique

Mr. Hallman,

In response to your request for public records below, please refer to the attached documents.
Regards,

Monique Villarreal
San Jose Police Department
Office of the Chief, Research & Development
201 W. Mission Street, San Jose, CA 95110
Direct: 408.537.1656, Main: 408.277.5200

From: Ben Hallman

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

From: Villarreal, Monique

Mr. Hallman,

I had only received an update from our City Manager’s Office that the request had been narrowed down and you were only seeking data related to thefts from a motor vehicle involving a stolen firearm. I did not receive the entire follow up request noted below from July 22, 2016.

Are you still seeking reports for each incident provided to you? And, are you still seeking the total number of vehicle thefts for 2015, regardless of the item(s) stolen?
Regards,

Monique Villarreal
San Jose Police Department
Office of the Chief, Research & Development
201 W. Mission Street, San Jose, CA 95110
Direct: 408.537.1656, Main: 408.277.5200

From: Ben Hallman

Hi Monique,

The request the City Manager's Office received was part of a mass request sent to several cities. I should have sent you an individual message and not included the City Manager's Office in that request. Sorry for the confusion. This is the first time we've used this new system to file requests so there's been some hiccups.

So, the request I sent out today was seeking 1) number of firearms reported stolen in 2015 2) number of firearms reported stolen from motor vehicles in 2015.

You sent me the above list which lists 21 incidents. Would you mind confirming how many firearms were stolen in those 21 incidents? Was it 21 firearms, or were there some cases in which more than one firearm was stolen?

Also, would you telling me how many firearms were stolen from all sources (cars, businesses, residences, etc.) in 2015?

From: Villarreal, Monique

Thank you for the clarification. I will coordinate with our Crime Analysis Unit to determine if we have or can produce the data you are seeking.

From: Ben Hallman

Thanks!

From: Villarreal, Monique

Mr. Hallman,

Our Crime Analysis Unit is unable to extrapolate the number of firearms stolen.

Furthermore, in regards to the previously provided data of reported vehicle burglaries involving stolen firearms, our Crime Analysis Unit is not able to query the actual number of firearms stolen per event.
Regards,

Monique Villarreal
San Jose Police Department
Office of the Chief, Research & Development
201 W. Mission Street, San Jose, CA 95110
Direct: 408.537.1656, Main: 408.277.5200

From: Ben Hallman

Ok thank you for looking into that. Can you tell just me then how many incidents you had in which a firearm was stolen, including all sources (residences, businesses, cars, etc)?

From: Villarreal, Monique

Hello,

Apologies for the delayed response as I was on vacation. Are you seeking the number of incidents in which a firearm was stolen for the same time period (2015) as the previous requests?
Regards,

Monique Villarreal
San Jose Police Department
Office of the Chief, Research & Development
201 W. Mission Street, San Jose, CA 95110
Direct: 408.537.1656, Main: 408.277.5200

From: Ben Hallman

Yes please just a figure.

From: Villarreal, Monique

I spoke with our Crime Analysis Unit and the information you are requesting does not currently exist and would involve a query and a related charge (prorated to the actual time) to produce results. Payment is required before the request will be processed. Please advise if you desire to pursue this request and I will ask our Crime Analysis Unit for an estimate of time query the requested information.

From: Ben Hallman

Ok please hold off on this for now I'm probably going to modify the request.

From: Villarreal, Monique

Ok, understood.

From: Ben Hallman

I'm withdrawing this request. But a reporter at The Trace who is working on this story is going to get in contact.

From: Villarreal, Monique

Thank you for the update.

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