UK crime: Shoplifting offences in England and Wales 2002-2019

In England and Wales there were over 374 thousand shoplifting offences recorded by the police in 2018/19. Since 2002/03 there has been a net increase of over 63 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. The North East of England had the worst crime rate in the country at 102.9, followed by Yorkshire at 98.3, North West England at 98.1 and London just slightly above the national average at 93.6.

Number of police recorded shoplifting offences in England and Wales from 2002/03 to 2018/19

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Release date

July 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

April 1, 2002 to March 31, 2019

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