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Dramatic increase in shoplifting

An interesting report by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has revealed that UK retailers are fighting a rising tide of theft in store.

Last year saw the highest level of theft for nine years, while the average value of theft increased by 62% to £177 per incident, indicating, say the BRC, that stealing is becoming more sophisticated and well planned.

The BRC believes that retailers, although spending an average of £2 million each in crime prevention measures, require additional help and it urges police authorities to work with retailers and build specialist crime strategies to address the issue. The BRC report indicates that the direct cost of retail crime, which includes shoplifting, criminal damage and burglary, was £511 million for last year, an increase of 166% on the figures for 2007-08.

“Last year we also saw a dramatic increase in fraud and e-crime with eight in ten retailers reporting a rise in fraud and the majority of retailers telling us that cyber-attacks pose a critical threat to their business,” commented Helen Dickinson of the BRC. “Combined with the increase in organised theft, this means that retailers are facing an increasingly sophisticated criminal.”

The report recommends that there should be a single, national, definition for business crime in the UK to help measure and solve these problems. Police forces should routinely publish business crime data, share that with retailers and work in partnership to combat the issue.

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