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Theft: Convictions

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for (a) shoplifting, (b) robbery of business property and (c) theft by an employee there were in the quarter between July and September in (i) 2003, (ii) 2004, (iii) 2005, (iv) 2006, (v) 2007 and (vi) 2008. (268822)

The number of defendants found guilty at all courts for burglary in a building other than a dwelling, robbery, stealing by an employee and stealing from shops and stalls (shoplifting) in the quarter July to September in England and Wales for the years 2003 to 2007 is shown in the table.

Court proceedings data cannot separately identify cases of robbery which relate to robbery of business property and those which relate to other types of property. This level of detail is not held by the Ministry of Justice.

These data are on the principal offence basis. The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Court proceedings data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Number of defendants found guilty at all courts for offences relating to stealing from shops and stalls (shoplifting), robbery, burglary in a building other than a dwelling, and stealing by an employee in the quarter July to September in England and Wales for the years 2003-071,2,3

Found guilty

Quarter 3 (July to September)

Statute

Offence description

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Theft Act 1968 Sec 1.

Stealing from shops and stalls(shoplifting)

17,703

16,344

15,432

13,848

15,258

Theft Act 1968 Sec 8.

Robbery

1,858

1,865

1,710

2,070

2,136

Theft Act 1968 Sec 9.

Burglary in a building other than a dwelling with intent to commit or the commission of an offence triable only on indictment

19

29

22

24

37

Theft Act 1968 Sec 9.

Other burglary in a building other than a dwelling

2,846

2,546

2,595

2,721

2,702

Theft Act 1968 Sec 1.

Stealing by an employee

643

659

689

630

641

Total

3,069

21,443

20,448

19,293

20,774

1 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

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 courts and 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.

3 From data under the Theft Act Section 8 it is not possible to separately identify those robbery offences that were committed against a business.

Source:

Evidence and Analysis Unit—Office for Criminal Justice Reform, Ministry of Justice