ONS Crime Figures Reveal Shop Theft Continues to Rise

The Office for National Statistics have released its annual figures on shoplifting, showing a 5% increase, the highest volume of shop theft since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in 2003.

The figures show that there were approximately 349,296 incidents of shop theft in the year ending September 2016, which is over 17,000 more incidents than the previous year.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Shop theft is a crime that needs be taken seriously—as these figures show, theft is rising and we need the government and police to make sure there is a robust response to shop theft, working closely with retailers.

“In light of these figures, we also reiterate our call for retailers to report every incident to ensure that retail crime does not go underreported. Convenience stores are at the heart of our communities and their safety and concerns for their livelihoods cannot be ignored.”

Figures from the ACS Crime Survey (2016) show that shop theft alone cost the convenience sector over £43m between 2015-16, despite millions being spent on investment in crime prevention measures over the same time period.

ACS will release the results of its 2017 Crime Survey  on March 9th at the Crime Seminar in London. The seminar will hear from industry experts about how to successfully tackle retail crime.

To book your place, please click here or contact Julie Byers at Julie.Byers@acs.org.uk / 01252 515001.

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