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Retailers angry as shoplifting doubles

The Lincolnshire Live reported that business owners are becoming increasingly concerned after a spate of shoplifting offences being committed in Louth.

Figures for this crime have almost doubled, according to police .

Inspector for Louth, Phil Baker, told the BBC: "There has most definitely been a rise. We've seen quite a large rise, which is disappointing when we are seeing a reduction in burglary and violent crime, which is down by nearly 10 per cent. 

"But we are seeing nearly double the figures compared to last year [in shoplifting].

"For Louth alone last year, we were looking at around 100 offences. We're looking at around 200 now, "We will continue to work and bring those figures down.

"What we are seeing is the people we are arresting for these offences are travelling from the likes of Grimsby, sometimes coming across from Skegness.

"There are some local people living [in Louth] that are committing shoplifting but also, what we are noticing is there's four key stores within the town which are probably responsible for around 50 per cent and so they are the ones getting hit the worst."

He advised that shop owners should not place items close to the front of their store to prevent people being able to just pick it up and walk out.

One shop owner told the BBC: "We have had numerous things go missing. Particularly, new goods. I'm not happy at all. There's not much more we can do about it.

"We have had to move things nearer to the till.

"I think there could be more done for businesses [by police]. I think it would make a difference."

Another trader told the BBC: "We have had two candles stolen out the window and it literally took like two minutes. They were so quick.

"We have never had anything like that happen here before.

"I was so mad because they were so quick and so sneaky the way they did it as well."

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Published 23rd February 2018

Last updated 23rd February 2018