Fedster + 1,307 Posted July 8, 2020 Share Posted July 8, 2020 Retailers groups say forces no longer respond to thefts valued below £200 where no violence has been used. Shop theft has increased significantly over the last year adding what amounts to a 7p tax on every transaction Date - 8th July 2020 By - Police Oracle The crime and policing minister Kit Malthouse is writing a letter to police and crime commissioners and chief constables emphasising that the theft of goods valued up to £200 from a shop should be prosecuted as a criminal offence. The letter follows complaints that force no longer respond to or investigate shoplifting offences where the value of goods is under £200 leaving supermarkets and convenience stores to resort to private prosecutions to pursue thefts. The move is the result of information provided by nearly 3,500 retailers, trade associations and unions which suggested abuse towards shop staff had increased, with a "significant number" saying they did not report incidents to the police. The Home Office has also pledged to work with the National Retail Crime Steering Group (NRCSG) on ways to support staff in reporting crimes. Mr Malthouse said: "We are determined to drive down these crimes and crucially, ensure that shopworkers are fully supported in reporting incidents to the police." According to law firm Fieldfisher, police forces were no longer responding to, or investigating, most thefts below £200 unless there was a threat of violence towards staff and shops were considering private prosecutions as a result of public prosecutors being under strain. The firm said anecdotal information it had gathered indicated many stores no longer report offences to the police, and instead are issuing exclusion orders, banning people from their stores. It added that the Association of Convenience Stores Crime Report 2019 estimates the number of incidents of shop theft has increased significantly over the last year, costing an estimated £246 million in 2019, equivalent to over £5,300 for every store in the UK, or what amounts to a 7p tax on every transaction. View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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