The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has just released figures showing shoplifting is at its highest for nine years.
The BRC’s 2013 retail crime survey revealed a direct cost to retailers of £511 million with only one in ten incidents being reported to the police.
It is reported that organised crime gangs are believed to be to blame for the theft of more expensive items, that cost on average £177.
Ben Talbot, Manager of Fat Face, Winchester, said “Generally you’re just annoyed about it, you’re just like, oh, why did you have to do that? There are other ways of doing things and it just kind of puts sort of a big dampener on your day”.
The survey recommended closer working relationships between law enforcement, retailers and government.
Published January 22, 2014 on winol.co.uk