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Shoplifting: Fixed Penalties

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many penalty notices were issued for shoplifting of goods up to the value of £200 in each of the last four years. (243323)

The number of persons aged 16 and over, issued with a PND for shoplifting (of goods up to a value of £200), from 2004 to 2007 (latest available) in England and Wales can be viewed in the following table. The offence of theft (retail) was added to the PND Scheme in November 2004.

Operational guidance issued to forces makes clear that PND disposal should normally be considered only for theft of goods up to a value of £100. PND disposal up to the cap of £200 would be exceptional and require the consent of the victim/retailer. The majority of PNDs are issued for theft of goods below £100.

Number of persons aged 16 and over, issued with a penalty notice for disorder for the offence Theft (retail under £200), in England and Wales, 2004 to 20071, 2, 3

Number

2004

2,072

2005

21,997

2006

38,772

2007

45,146

1 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 police forces. 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.

2 Offence is a notifiable offence included within OBTJ figures.

3 The offence of theft (retail) was added to the PND Scheme in November 2004

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform - Evidence and Analysis Unit.