Figures for the number of shoplifting offences recorded for each of the past five years, if possible broken down by local authority area, town, or in whatever way you record figures to give a more precise location than force-wide.
|FOI Request – Ref 6749/18: Shoplifting (01-Jan-13 to 15-May-18)|
|Recorded crime, by Neighbourhood Policing Unit, for the offence of theft from shop or stall from 01 January 2013 to 15 May 2018|
|XX||No NPU entered||64||98||82||95||16||7||362|
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