A new report by the Government has revealed that crime within the wholesale and retail sector has increased compared to previous years.
The 2017 Commercial Victimisation Survey found that there were 8.1 million incidents of crime reported in 2017, compared to 7.7 million in 2012 and 5.2 million in 2016.
Shoplifting remains the most common crime type, accounting for 63% of all crimes, although this is down on reported incidents in 2015 (72%). The average cost of shoplifting per victim is higher than it was in 2012, £500, compared with £237 in 2012.
Low value items, such as milk or bread, were the most common food items stolen, with 53% of premises reporting this was the case in shoplifting incidents.
Premises are now more likely to report cases of shoplifting to the police, with around a quarter admitting they would notify the authorities to the theft of items from stores.