Theft From Supermarkets Rising

Sunday, 3rd February 2019 at 12:07pm

The BBC News website reports that incidents of shoplifting in UK supermarkets have risen by nearly 8% between 2014 and 2017.

The British Retail Consortium said shoppers and store owners both bore the cost of the increase whilst a police representative said cutbacks meant they were increasingly unlikely to respond to callouts.

Another retail trade lobby, the Association of Convenience Stores, said the figures were a long way from reflecting the true extent of retail crime.

Its chief executive, James Lowman, said: “The numbers of reported thefts pale in comparison to the reality of retail crime. In total, we estimated over 950,000 incidents of theft in convenience stores last year.

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