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Over 60 Shop lifting (3230_17)


This request concerns persons over the age of 60 arrested for shoplifting.

1) Please state the number of persons over the age of 60 that have been arrested under:

a) Section 1 of the Theft Act.
b) Section 176 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Please provide information for the following calendar years:

i) 2012
ii) 2013
iii) 2014
iv) 2015
v) 2016
vi) 2017 to date.

2) Please break the figures provided for question 1 down further by the number of persons of each age 60 or over that were arrested in each year.

If possible within the cost limit, please break the figures provided for question 1 down further by providing the gender of persons over 60 arrested in each year.


Please find attached our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

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 a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.