The scourge of shoplifting
21st December – Analysis of UK Police crime data indicates that shoplifting remains a major issue for retailers, with the number of incidents recorded between 1 January and 30 November 2017 up 8.4% compared with the same period last year.
The shoplifting league table
Just five of the UK’s 44 police forces reported a decrease in shoplifting this year. At the top and bottom of the league table were Northamptonshire, which recorded 362 fewer incidents in 2017 (-7.5%), and Lincolnshire, where retail crime surged by almost a third (+32.8%).
Despite this, the stats indicate that shoplifting is truly a national problem, not confined to specific regions of the UK. After Lincolnshire, Cheshire, Cambridgeshire, Devon, Cornwall and Humberside – covering all four corners of the country – have recorded the highest increases in shoplifting over the last year.
Just the tip of the iceberg
However, the 360,000 reported incidents are likely to just be the tip of the iceberg. It’s difficult to identify and apprehend thieves, therefore the perpetrators simply continue to commit crimes until they are caught. The British Retail Consortium’s most recent Annual Crime Survey estimating that shoplifters cost stores a staggering £438m in 2016.
Neville Payne VP at Checkpoint Systems UK, commented:
“Retailers have been aware of shoplifting since trading first began, but dishonest shoppers continue to be a thorn in their sides. As they become smarter it’s important for vendors like us to develop new solutions to help keep businesses one step ahead, both in terms of deterring and detecting potential thefts.”
UK shoplifting league table
|Incidents of shoplifting (January-November 2016)||Incidents of shoplifting (January-November 2017)||Percentage change (2016 vs 2017)|
|Devon & Cornwall Police||6019||7425||23.36%|
|Police Service of Northern Ireland||11352||13615||19.93%|
|South Wales Police||8149||9669||18.65%|
|North Yorkshire Police||3835||4330||12.91%|
|Thames Valley Police||14787||16359||10.63%|
|North Wales Police||3528||3868||9.64%|
|West Yorkshire Police||15756||17192||9.11%|
|South Yorkshire Police||10673||11521||7.95%|
|Greater Manchester Police||15804||16573||4.87%|
|West Mercia Police||6239||6366||2.04%|
|Metropolitan Police Service||43103||43943||1.95%|
|West Midlands Police||18028||18316||1.60%|
|Scotland Police Forces*||28424||28650||0.79%|
|Avon and Somerset Constabulary||11694||11292||-3.44%|
*Data from Scotland is not a direct comparison as statistics are collected from 6 April to 5 April the following year
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About Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (www.checkpointsystems.com)
Checkpoint Systems is a global leader in merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry, encompassing loss prevention and merchandise visibility. A division of CCL Industries, Checkpoint’s solutions are built upon 45 years of radio frequency technology expertise, innovative high-theft and loss-prevention solutions, market-leading software, RFID hardware and comprehensive labeling capabilities to brand, secure and track merchandise from source to shelf.