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Shoplifting

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions there were for shoplifting in each of the last three years. (202975)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer of 5 March 2008, Official Report, column 2631W.

Court proceedings data for 2007 will be available in the autumn of 2008.

The information requested covering cautions, convictions and penalty notices for disorder (PNDS) for the years 2004-06 is provided in the following table.

Number of offenders cautioned, defendants found guilty and penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) issued for shoplifting, England and Wales 2004-061,2

Cautioned

Found guilty

PNDs issued

2004

41,165

69,542

32,072

2005

44,012

64,076

21,997

2006

45,054

58,536

38,772

1 The cautions and found guilty data are provided on the principal offence basis. PND data is a count of all penalty notices for disorder issued during the year.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the police forces and courts. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

3 The offence of retail theft (goods of value under 200) was added to the PND scheme on 1 November 2004.

Source:

Court proceedings and penalty notices for disorder databases—Office for Criminal Justice Reform