Shoplifing on the Increase

Shoplifting up 70 per cent since 2000 The British Retail Consortium's (BRC) 2006 Retail Crime Survey, published on 11th October 2006 is the most detailed and authoritative survey of UK shop crime. It shows criminals are increasingly targeting shops, with police priorities elsewhere and soft penalties failing to provide a deterrent. The survey, shows crime cost retailers 2.1bn last year and 13.26bn since 2000. Over the same period the number of shoplifting incidents rose 70 per cent despite the industry investing more than 4.3bn in crime prevention. As the number of shoplifting incidents increases so too does the threat of violence against staff. Sixty per cent of violent incidents that happen in stores occur when staff attempt to detain criminals or protect property from theft.

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