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Retailers warn of shoplifting rise as thefts under £200 ‘not investigated’

Shoplifting is on the rise as police forces no longer investigate thefts of under £200 in value, retailers have warned.

Those caught stealing are now dealt with by post, and most police forces will only send an officer to investigate if a member of staff has been threatened with violence.

According to The Telegraph, unnamed retailers recently held private meetings with the Home Office, warning that “prolific and persistent” offenders are now exploiting these rules by stealing items of just under £200 across high streets.

The £200 threshold was introduced in England and Wales as part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

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  • Independents usually have their own way of dealing with thieves, that solves the problem without costing the tax payer a penny.

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