The Office for National Statistics reports that 365,164 shoplifting offences were recorded by police in the year to June 2023 – up 25% on the previous 12 months. Industry professionals estimate the actual number of shoplifting incidents were likely to be 15 to 21 times higher than these figures.
The most commonly stolen item was confectionery, followed by alcohol and meat. Only 38 per cent of shoplifting was reported to the police
Shoplifting is illegal and unethical. If you witness someone shoplifting or suspect that it is happening, here are some general steps you can consider:
Remember that different stores and regions may have specific policies and procedures for handling shoplifting incidents. Always follow the guidelines provided by the store and local authorities.