Warning as Ulverston shop thefts double
Last updated at 14:53, Tuesday, 20 May 2014
POLICE issued a warning to would-be shoplifters after figures showed thefts from shops more than doubled.
Ulverston officers recorded 21 shoplifting offences between the year start and the end of April. This compares with nine incidents in the same period last year.
Of these offences, police detected 16. The others remain under active investigation.
Sergeant Rupert Johnston, of the Ulverston and Lakes Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Shoplifting has seen an increase this year, as last year during the same timeframe we suffered nine. We are working with shopkeepers to deter and detect these crimes and any shops that are not currently members of the Ulverston ShopWatch are encouraged to join by calling 101 and asking for PCSO Paul Harris.
With a high detection rate which equates to three out of every four being prosecuted, Ulverston is not a good place to shoplift.”
Tesco Express in Market Street and Ulverston’s two Co-operative Food stores are the premises most regularly targeted by shoplifters. Food, alcohol and toiletries are among the most frequently taken items.
A Tesco spokesman said: “Like many retailers in Ulverston, we are unfortunately sometimes the victim of shoplifting. Our colleagues work very hard to prevent theft and work closely with police to help them investigate crimes.”
A Co-operative Food spokesman said: “Retail crime is a serious problem which affects all retailers. We take any incidents of theft extremely seriously, and we are working closely with police in a bid to tackle the problem and reduce its impact on our stores.”
First published at 13:56, Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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If we lived in Saudi Arabia thess culprits would
Be missing a hand by now! Yes there are professional
Theives in Ulverston and they target tesco, boots and the factory
Shop and they seem to be easy pickings for the local "tea leaf's"
Maybe if the penalties were more severe for their crimes then these local criminals can have more of a deterrent to prevent them from reoffending!