Thames Valley Police has released data outlining the most prevalent areas in Oxford city centre for shoplifting.

Shoplifting is the term used to describe theft from a shop by taking something without paying for it. It is an offence under the Theft Act 1968.

Here's a breakdown of the number of offences plus where they took place.

Areas in the city of Oxford where shoplifting was reported:

According to data published by Thames Valley Police, there were 47 instances of shoplifting in Oxford Central.

January 2024:

  • One instance near Aldi on Botley Road
  • One instance near Currys and Pets at Home on Botley Road
  • One instance on Brock Grove
  • Three instances on Botley Road opposite Harley Rd near The Oxford Lodge
  • 14 instances near Norfolk Street
  • Five instances on Castle Street
  • Three instances on NCR 5
  • Three instances on Queen Street near Primark
  • One instance on Clarks Row
  • Three instances at Frewin Ct
  • Four instances on Cornmarket Street
  • Two instances on the High Street near PAUL Oxford
  • Seven instances near Clarendon House
  • Six instances on Ship Street
  • One instance near Five Guys Oxford on Magdalen Street

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Crime types:

Crime data is broken down into ‘major’ and ‘minor’ crime types.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service, low-value shoplifting means where the value of the stolen goods does not exceed ÂŁ200.

What happens if a person is caught shoplifting?

Security guards are allowed to use “reasonable” force to detain shoplifters under the Criminal Law Act 1967.

Ultimately, a person caught shoplifting may be arrested and put on trial.

A shoplifting conviction will result in a criminal record and a sentence. A police caution may be given as an alternative to prosecution. If accepted, this caution still comes with a criminal record.

Security guards are allowed to use “reasonable” force to detain shoplifters under the Criminal Law Act 1967.

What is the maximum sentence for theft?

If the goods are worth less than £200, the maximum sentence is six months’ custody.

If the goods are worth more than £200, the maximum sentence is seven years’ custody.