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How to Keep your Business Safe from Shoplifting

Shoplifting is on the rise; statistics for England and Wales have shown that the number of shoplifting offences has been steadily rising since 2014. Despite this, the number of individuals being arrested and charged in relation to shoplifting offences has not increased, and has in fact witnessed a decline.

With shoplifting rates already on the rise, and the number convictions in relation to them falling, there is little to deter potential shoplifters from targeting your business. So, it is more important than ever to protect your premises from would-be criminals.

Why has shoplifting increased?

Part of the reason for the decline in shoplifting convictions is the 2014 Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act which meant that police forces would no longer investigate thefts with a value of less than £200. Many shoplifters saw this as an opportunity to commit for offences without facing charge.

As such, the number of offences rose by nearly 23% between 2013 and 2017. Meanwhile during the same period, arrests for cases of shoplifting dropped by 17% and charges by 25%. The situation is even worse in certain parts of the country, for example in Manchester, where the number of charges for shoplifting brought by the Metropolitan Police nearly halved in five years; dropping from 9,596 in 2013 to 5,252 in 2017.

How can we prevent shoplifting?

It is clear to see that something needs to be done to help reduce the cases of shoplifting. Luckily, the team at NVC have put together a list of top tips on how to increase your business’ security and prevent shoplifters.

  1. Know the most common times for shoplifting Identifying the times when your business is most at risk of theft will help you to adequately prepare and defend your premises.
  2. Avoid profiling There are many stereotypes related to types of shoplifters. However, studies have shown that they are often false and looking for people who fit these stereotypes can often serve only to deter you from real offenders.
  3. Keep your establishment organised A messy space makes it easier for shoplifters to steal from. What’s more, it can also mean that it takes longer for your business to realise a theft has taken place.
  4. Build relationships with customers Your customers are a big part of your business. To put it simply, the better you know them, the less likely they are to steal from you.
  5. Add preventatives Electronic surveillance, is one of the most effective way to deter criminals. Visible CCTV units will make thieves aware that they are being recorded and prevent them from committing a crime.
  6. Advertise your security measures Theft prevention signs are common in retail spaces; often advertising security methods, fines imposed and maximum charges. Research shows that a shop that emphasises punishments for shoplifting is less likely to be robbed.
  7. Employee security personnel Whether your security officers are uniformed or plain clothed they are the number one way to prevent crime happening in your business.

NVC Security offer a range of security services to help protect your business from theft. Visit our Retail Security services page or get in touch today for more information. Just give us a call on 01332 806996.

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