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Decrease in shop theft may come to an end

British Retail Consortium : 20 October, 2008  (Technical Article)
BRC survey indicates fear amongst retailers that the trend in reductions in shop crime may turn around as a result of the current economic climate
Retailers are seriously concerned that the economic slowdown will wipe out falls in retail crime achieved over the last year.

The British Retail Consortium's (BRC) Retail Crime Survey 2008, published on Monday, shows numbers of customer thefts down 26 per cent in the year to April but the survey still recorded a third of a million shoplifting offences - that is one every 90 seconds. Employee theft fell 56 per cent in the year to April.

Retailers believe the reductions were a result of economic stability during that period, improved policing and their own spending on crime prevention.

The BRC survey shows internet fraud growing as online retailing expands. Almost all retailers selling online suffered fraud in the year. Two thirds said it was increasing.

In the BRC report, Director General Stephen Robertson said: "The credit crunch threatens to bring an abrupt end to this trend. Recent reports have focused on a surge in shoplifting and fuel thefts. Retailers are preparing for a rapid rise in offences and are adapting crime prevention methods, for example, placing electronic security tags on expensive cuts of meat."

Using modelling from the last recession, a leaked Home Office document warned of a significant rise in theft, burglary and violence as a result of the economic downturn.

This year's BRC survey shows shoplifting is the most costly crime for shops. It accounted for 64 per cent of all retail crime losses. Well above burglary (16 per cent), robberies (8 per cent) and employee theft (8 per cent).

The BRC welcomes the retail crime reductions revealed by its survey but warns that the Government needs to take further steps to ensure those gains are not swept away as economic conditions worsen.

The BRC recommendations include:

End misuse of Penalty Notices for Disorder which are frequently issued in circumstances outside the guidelines.

Sentences for commercial burglary should take account of all costs, including repairs, lost trade and employee time, not just the value of the goods stolen.

Raise the knowledge and understanding of local police officers for dealing with fraud and the growth of online crime.

Continue the move away from nationally-set targets (which have largely ignored business crime) and towards local setting of crime priorities. Ensure the importance of retail to local economies and communities is recognised in those priorities.

Stephen Robertson, BRC Director General, said: "The falls in retail crime revealed by the BRC survey are not enough and cannot be taken for granted. Day and night, seven days a week, someone steals from a shop every 90 seconds. With the economic slowdown worsening, retailers deserve Government and police support in their battle to stop the human and financial costs rising again."

For the first time the BRC survey has collected data on internet fraud. Online sales are predicted to account for 10 per cent of all retail sales by 2010. Of those retailers who sell online, 85 per cent had experienced internet fraud in the year to April and 64 per cent said internet fraud had increased. Retailers are concerned the Government and police do not have adequate mechanisms to deal with the increase in e-crime.

The BRC survey is the only one of its kind dealing specifically with retail crime. It gives the most accurate picture of the reality of retail crime.

The BRC retail crime statistics are consistently higher than official recorded figures, indicating retailers continue to believe it is often not worth reporting crime to the police.
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