Shoplifting at supermarkets is on the rise

Shoplifting at supermarkets on the rise.

Incidents of shoplifting in UK supermarkets rose by nearly 8% between 2014 and 2017, according to figures gathered by the Press Association (PA). Police from forces in England and Wales investigated 78,110 shoplifting incidents in 2017, the news agency said, up from 72,423 in 2014. The British Retail Consortium said shoppers and owners both bore the cost. A police representative said cutbacks meant they were increasingly unlikely to respond to callouts.