Shoplifting in the UK is up 4% for the year to 31 March, with London’s police force recording the highest number of incidents at 48,840 – the equivalent of 128 cases a day in the capital.
Overall, a total of 378,725 shoplifting incidents were recorded for the year, according to data compiled by online marketplace OnBuy.com.
Following London, West Midlands Police Force recorded the second highest levels, with 19,851 incidents reported, and in third place was West Yorkshire Police, with 18,491 shoplifting incidents recorded – a 3% increase from the previous year. Dyfed-Powys Police had the lowest number of cases reported, with 1,861 for the year.
Research from the British Retail Consortium revealed that shoplifting accounted for 71%, or £500m, of the £700m direct cost incurred from retail crime in the UK between April 2016 and March 2017.