Shop thefts rise as police fail to show up in 76% of cases at Co-op stores ... trends now

Shop thefts rise as police fail to show up in 76% of cases at Co-op stores ... trends now
Shop thefts rise as police fail to show up in 76% of cases at Co-op stores ... trends now

Shop thefts rise as police fail to show up in 76% of cases at Co-op stores ... trends now

Shoplifting incidents have surged by 43 per cent in just one year Co-op has complained about police failing to show up for shop thefts 

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Police are failing to attend hundreds of thousands of shoplifting incidents – which have surged by 43 per cent in a year.

Figures compiled by the Co-op reveal almost 300,000 incidents, often involving abuse, violence and anti-social behaviour, at its stores this year.

The chain complained that officers failed to attend in nearly four out of five cases despite promises from forces and ministers to treat shop thefts more seriously. 

The epidemic often involves organised criminal gangs stealing high-value electrical items, alcohol and cigarettes. 

The crime has now extended to everyday products from meat, cheese and laundry liquid to nappies and baby formula amid rising living costs.

Co-op said it has seen an average of around 1,000 incidents a day across its 2,400 stores this year, which is up by 43 per cent on last year.

Police are failing to attend hundreds of thousands of shoplifting incidents

Police are failing to attend hundreds of thousands of shoplifting incidents

Figures compiled by the Co-op reveal almost 300,000 incidents, often involving abuse, violence and anti-social behaviour, at its stores this year

Figures compiled by the Co-op reveal almost 300,000 incidents, often involving abuse, violence and anti-social behaviour, at its stores this year

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