UK a shoplifters paradise?

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Britons are turning to crime as the cost of living crisis drags on, with theft of meat, alcohol and confectionery from shops last year at a decade-high, according to new data.

More than 1.1mn incidents of theft were recorded in 2022, up from 970,000 the year before, reaching its highest level in a decade, according to a report by the Association of Convenience Stores published on Thursday.

James Lowman, chief executive of ACS which represents small shops across the UK, said the levels of theft happening daily were “unprecedented”. “Repeat offenders, known to the community and known to the police, are stealing without fear of reproach,” he added.

More people are committing crimes in response to the worst cost of living crisis for a generation as many households struggle to afford basic daily items as prices continue to rise.

The report comes after new data released on Wednesday showed that inflation remained stuck at 8.7 per cent in May, worse than the 8.4 per cent expected, raising pressure on the Bank of England to ramp up interest rates.

A rise in gang activity and people with addiction problems stealing to fund their drug or alcohol habits had fuelled crime rates, the report found. Higher-value shop products, such as meat or alcohol, can typically be sold on.

Although food price inflation dipped from 19 per cent in April to 18.3 per cent last month, the cost of food itself in supermarkets still rose 0.9 per cent in May alone.

Stores have limited the number of items on their shelves in recent months to reduce the risk of items being stolen, as well as adding security tags to food items such as steaks, cheese and butter.

Almost 80 per cent of retailers surveyed by the ACS, which has around 48,000 members, said the cost of living crisis was driving theft, with a majority of store staff having experienced verbal abuse over the past year.

Local shops are calling on the police and government to introduce a “most wanted” list of shop thieves in local areas, so prolific offenders can be identified and banned from stores or referred to rehabilitation programmes.

Fiona Malone, who runs Tenby Stores, a local independent store in Wales, said: “Many of the people stealing from my shop are known to the community and the police. We need to do a better job at tackling these offenders and bringing them to justice.

Unfortunately, shop thieves know that the police rarely take notice of anything stolen under £50 in value.”

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When the economy and welfare state fails, crime increases. Too many people have been too complacent over the last decade, in the belief that Britain was an inherently good country, rather than one that had been made great over many years. We've dismantled much of what the country was built on.

Anyway, local shopkeepers have been turning a blind eye for decades - it's not safe to confront somebody over a stolen steak, you might end up getting stabbed. Better people shoplift than break into your home in the night to steal your money.
 
You can tell the sort of area you are in, by whether they have security guards on duty, in the stores.
 
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When I was on hol's in murica I was chattin to a tough looking 7/11 owner, he had cctv covering the entrance and an automatic pistol and rifle under the counter, being an ex marine who had served in Vietnam he knew how to use them and would given the chance.
 
Nothing to do with Brexit, all to do with liberal snowflakes like you, protecting the poor criminals because they come from broken families...

Things aren't so bad here. Check out what's happening in the Bay area of San Francisco, and check out the causes, terrifyng.




Large retailers are deserting the shopping malls, high taxes and crime are causing tech companies to leave in there droves, most are relocating to Republican areas like Texas. Lower taxes, lower crime, better quality of life.
 
Republican areas like Texas. Lower taxes, lower crime, better quality of life.
Somehow, for some unknown weird reasons, liberal snowflakes communists like himmy (and his alter egos) don't like law and order.
They like to see civilised places become slums, run by criminals who are free to do anything they want unchallenged and in fact, encouraged.
 
Somehow, for some unknown weird reasons, liberal snowflakes communists like himmy (and his alter egos) don't like law and order.
They like to see civilised places become slums, run by criminals who are free to do anything they want unchallenged and in fact, encouraged.

Despite unprecedented crime levels in SFO, police numbers are being reduced by 500.
 
Despite unprecedented crime levels in SFO, police numbers are being reduced by 500.
I hear the snowflakes screaming "defund the police!".
It's entirely their fault if criminals are running the country and we're not free to walk the streets anymore in certain areas.
And it will expand to the whole country.
 
I hear the snowflakes screaming "defund the police!".
It's entirely their fault if criminals are running the country and we're not free to walk the streets anymore in certain areas.
And it will expand to the whole country.

These snowflakes seem to be very powerful if they can do all that.
Maybe they are not snowflakes afterall?
 
This country has obviously been run by snowflakes for the past 13 years, judging by record crime levels ( thats the general population, not the cabinet).

Blup
 
Let the country and judiciary be run by lefty, hand-wringing, woke, liberal spacktards - and this is what you get.

I thought the Tory party were ruining it for the last 13 years? Or do you consider them lefty just because they broke the country?
 
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