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Shoplifting in the UK

Shoplifting Overview

During 2021, England & Wales's police forces received 230,716 crime reports about shoplifting. This is a decrease of 3.7% from 2020's figure of 239,150 reports of shoplifting, giving an overall crime rate of 3.8 per 1,000 people in 2021 and a rate of 4.0 per 1,000 people for 2020.

The most dangeroues cities for shoplifting are Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, and Nottingham, with crime rates of 12, 10, and 10 per 1,000 residents respectively. The most dangerous region for shoplifting is Nottinghamshire, which recorded a shoplifting rate of 8 offences per 1,000 people in 2021. The second most dangerous area for shoplifting is South Glamorgan, with a crime rate of 7, followed by Tyne & Wear in third, with a shoplifting rate of 6 per 1,000 residents.

The safest area in England and Wales for shoplifting is Milton Keynes, which had a crime rate of 0.74 in 2021. Next safest is Coventry, followed by Birmingham in third place, with crime rates per 1,000 residents of 1.4 and 1.5 respectively.

The Most Dangerous Towns & Cities for Shoplifting

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Portsmouth11.69
2Middlesbrough10.22
3Nottingham9.84
4Westminster9.59
5Newcastle upon Tyne8.02
6Cardiff7.88
7Leeds7.75
8Kingston upon Hull7.57
9Southampton6.28
10Stoke-on-Trent6.03

The Safest Towns & Cities for Shoplifting

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Milton Keynes0.74
2Coventry1.42
3Birmingham1.48
4Wolverhampton1.71
5Harrow1.88
6Tower Hamlets2.20
7Richmond upon Thames2.31
8Hackney2.62
9Enfield2.62
10Ealing2.66

Shoplifting Trends

Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
2018201920202021Trend
6.165.803.993.85Safer

Most Dangerous Councils & Counties for Shoplifting

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Nottinghamshire7.51
2South Glamorgan6.64
3Tyne & Wear5.70
4Durham5.69
5West Yorkshire5.50
6Lincolnshire5.24
7East Riding of Yorkshire5.22
8Bristol5.13
9North Yorkshire5.06
10Clwyd4.83

Last updated: 22 Mar 2021