Shoplifting is more than just a problem for many UK stores, and with the struggling economy creating more desperate people, it could get worse. Although the Centre for Retail Research did reveal some interesting data. More than 30 per cent of thefts were carried out by shop staff. Unfortunately, stores must adjust their pricing to balance out the cost of shoplifting each year. Theft adds about 180 pounds to the average family’s annual shopping cost.
There is a wide range of products stolen each year from stores. These items include, but are not limited to the following: meat, cheese, alcohol and seafood. The most common item stolen is name brand clothing.
There is a consensus around the UK that shoplifting among the stores there still ranks as one of the biggest problem areas in the world.
The survey, by Checkpoint Systems, found that more than 12,000,000 pounds worth of goods was stolen each day within the last 12 months in the UK.
In an interview with Neil Matthews, of Checkpoint Systems, it was discovered an average shoplifting event resulted in a store loss of about 93 pounds.
He continued discussing shoplifting in general, saying: “While the amount stolen in the UK may well have gone down, that doesn’t mean the overall impact on the general public is any less significant.
“Shoplifting results in a £180 financial burden on every family in the country and so there is a real social obligation on the retail industry to do everything it can to tackle retail crime.
“Retailers are definitely making strides in the fight against shoplifting and their efforts have already started to pay dividends.”
Almost a billion pounds was spent on security last year, but UK stores continue to be a popular target by their own employees.