Shoplifting ‘Not Taken Seriously’

Tuesday, 20th January 2015 at 7:46am

Sky News reports that businesses complain theft from their shops is viewed as a “victimless” crime by police.

Whilst a survey shows a 36% rise in the money lost in shop thefts – the highest figure for a decade – most shoplifting goes unreported because shopkeepers do not believe the police will respond, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

It said: “Despite the high level of theft, and evidence that some retailers are adopting more consistent “no exception” policies to reporting offences to the police, the majority of customer theft remains unreported.”

The BRC adds, “The perception remains that some quarters of law enforcement view theft as a ‘victimless’ crime which is not taken seriously.”

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