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Household items stolen in 2017 (FOI)

Household items stolen in 2017 (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by States of Jersey and published on 11 September 2018.


I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information.

The types of items that burglars stole from households during 2017 or if available year ending March 2018.

Please provide the information in any format that is easiest for you.


Jersey is not part of the UK and the UK Freedom of Information Act 2000 is not enacted in Jersey.

Jersey does have its own Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 which will be followed to respond to this question.

Jersey law is somewhat different to the UK and in many cases, offences are still under common law. The offence of Burglary as defined in the Theft Act 1968 (UK) has an equivalent Jersey common law offence of Break and Entry. The Jersey common law offence of Illegal Entry (where entry is gained without any force used) is also considered for this response.

In 2017, Jersey recorded 139 Illegal and Break and Entry offences or attempts at the same. Property was not taken in every case.

The property taken during these crimes often depends on the premises entered. The opportunist thief will often take whatever is at hand of perceived value. More targeted premises will see specific items stolen. A building site will be targeted for tools, a shop for the items sold.

Cash/credit cards and jewellery top the list of items stolen, followed by tools. Electronic goods such as phones, tablets and lap top computers are next, followed by alcohol, foodstuff, passports, pedal cycles, toiletries, sports equipment and musical instruments.

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