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Shoplifting

Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many penalty notices were issued for retail theft of under £200 in each of the last five years; and how many notices were subsequently paid in full.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

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 %
2008 45,616 20,903 46 17,280 38 3,623 8 0 0
2009 48,161 24,529 51 20,116 42 4,413 9 0 0
2010 40,170 21,804 54 18,133 45 3,671 9 0 0
2011 34,688 18,603 54 15,128 44 3,475 10 0 0
2012 28,363 14,481 51 6,116 22 1,996 7 6,369 22
  Other outcomes
  Fine registered % Court hearing requested % PND cancelled % Potential prosecution % Outcome unknown %
2008 23,090 51 189 0 881 2 540 1 13 0
2009 20,166 42 163 0 1,026 2 2,198 5 79 0
2010 15,468 39 128 0 906 2 1,704 4 160 0
2011 13,442 39 133 0 890 2 1,476 4 144 0
2012 8,260 29 35 0 670 2 365 1 4,552 16
(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.

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