Reaction to shoplifting offences rising to the highest level since current data began

Superintendent Andy Sidebotham, College of Policing lead for local policing, said:

“Retail Crime is never victimless and can be accompanied by assaults and threats of violence. This increase in shoplifting is worrying and we know there is a lot of work to do to cut the number of these offences.

“The College of Policing’s Retail Crime Action Plan was published late last year. We have provided officers with easy to access and use guidance, so we can prevent and effectively tackle shoplifting, and make sure victims receive the best support and offenders are brought to justice.

“We know shoplifting is a major public concern, and that’s why we’re boosting our guidance, providing additional support and being clear on the standards expected. There is more to do, and we will continue to focus attention on this crime.”


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