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The use of out of court disposals have decreased every year since their peak in 2007 and decreased by 42% since then. Similarly, the use of Penalty Notices for Disorder (PND), for retail theft, peaked in 2009 and have since declined by 42%.
The number of Penalty Notices for Disorder (PND) issued to persons aged 16 and over for retail theft of under £200 in each of the last five years and the number of Penalty Notices for Disorder paid in full can be viewed in the tables.
|Penalty Notices for Disorder issued to all persons aged 16 and over for retail theft(1) under £200(2), with outcome, England and Wales, 2008 to 2012(3)|
|Of those paid|
|Number issued||Total paid in full||%||Paid in full within 21 days||%||Paid in full outside 21 days||%||Paid in full—Timing unknown||%|
|Fine registered||%||Court hearing requested||%||PND cancelled||%||Potential prosecution||%||Outcome unknown||%|
|(1) Offence is a Notifiable offence included within OBTJ figures. (2) Penalty notices are no longer available for theft of goods valued at over £100 from July 2009 onwards. (3) 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. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.|