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Shoplifting offences in England and Wales 2002-2020

In England and Wales there were over 359 thousand shoplifting offences recorded by the police in 2019/20. Since 2002/03 there has been a net increase of around 49 thousand offences, with 2004/05 being the year with the fewest shoplifting offences at just over 281 thousand.

Overall crimes reach over 5.5 million

In recent years the crime figures for England and Wales have been steadily increasing to figures not seen in over ten years.

Regional crime rate

For England and Wales as a whole, the overall crime rate was 94 offences per thousand population, with four regions having a higher crime rate than this. Yorkshire and Humber had the worst crime rate in the country at 100.9, followed by North East at 99.5, and London just slightly above the national average at 94.9 in 2019/20.

Number of shoplifting offences in England and Wales from 2002/03 to 2019/20

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Release date

October 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2020

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