Shoppers offer thoughts on rise of shoplifting in UK supermarkets

By Beatriz Abreu Ferreira

A worrying rise in shoplifting has been met by varying opinions on what can be done to combat the trend.

Shoplifting in the UK rose by eight per cent between 2014 and 2017, according to recent figures gathered by the Press Association (PA).

The chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores, James Lowman, told the BBC: “The numbers of reported thefts pale in comparison to the reality of retail crime. In total, we estimated over 950,000 incidents of theft in convenience stores last year.”

People on the De Montfort University campus gave their thoughts on why criminals are increasingly targeting the supermarkets.

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