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shop theft is not a minor crime, the daily telegraph
By bira

Shop theft is not a minor crime

Shop theft will remain high on bira’s policy agenda despite a nation-wide tendency for police to down-grade the crime. The association is determined to maintain pressure on government to accept that stealing from retailers is a serious, dangerous and costly menace.

Police forces are increasingly following the government direction as laid out in the guidance notes for the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and downgrading shop theft to little more than a mis-demeanour. The scandal, which has concerned bira for some time, gained wider prominence on 27 December after The Daily Telegraph ran a front-page story headlined “Police spark shoplifting boom by not probing thefts under £200”.

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