Shoplifting On Increase As Overall Crime Figures FallFriday, 25th April 2014 at 4:25pm
The Guardian reports that according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, shoplifting is up 6% on average, year on year.
Across England and Wales, police recorded 317,027 shoplifting offences in 2013, with 34 of the 43 force areas recording an increase compared with the previous year.
The 2013 Commercial Victimisation Survey (CVS) puts the figure even higher, at 3.3m incidents of theft by customers in the wholesale and retail sector: a fall from 12.2m in the 2002 CVS survey.
The steepest rise, according to the ONS, was in the West Midlands, where shoplifting offences were up 20%, keeping the lower courts busy.
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