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Ipswich: More than 13,000 shoplifting offences in county in past three years

13:10 07 August 2014

Sophie Alexander and Alex Majdalani, part of Ipswich

Sophie Alexander and Alex Majdalani, part of Ipswich's Street Ranger Team vow to stamp out shoplifting

Business leaders in Ipswich have highlighted the importance of tackling shoplifting after new figures were released showing that more than 13,000 offences have been reported in Suffolk since 2011.

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Ipswich Central and the Chamber of Commerce both agreed that shoplifting presented challenges for businesses though they pointed to a number of successful schemes dealing with the issue.

Dave Muller, chairman of Ipswich Chamber of Commerce, praised the “excellent work” being carried out by Ipswich Central and Suffolk police’s town safe team for reducing crime.

“Retail is a vital part of the economy and its recovery across Suffolk and in particular our larger towns,” he said. “That is why shoplifting remains a real challenge for businesses who often work with very tight financial margins.

“That is also why the excellent work of Ipswich Central and Suffolk police’s town safe team is making a real difference and despite the frustrating levels of shoplifting, this partnership has an important role to play in protecting our popular high street stores.”

Ipswich Central chief executive Paul Clement said Street Rangers have recovered about £3,500 of stolen goods on behalf of retailers since April.

He added: “Ipswich Central also runs the town centre exclusion scheme where offenders are banned for a year if they are reported for theft and other anti-social incidents on two occasions.

“Ipswich Central has also recently invested in an all new digital radiolink system which instantly connects participating retailers, Street Rangers, CCTV and police as part of the plan to reduce shoplifting.”

According to figures obtained under a Freedom of Information Request to Suffolk Constabulary, thefts from stores in the county between January 2011 and June 2014 totalled 13,133.

Isla and Pradip Patel, who run Coes Newsagents, said: “Losing money is the worst part of shoplifting.

“Plus it causes a lot of stress and wasting valuable time when you could be making money, speaking to the police about someone stealing.”

There were 3,510 last year, compared to 4,235 in 2011. While 1,806 were reported in the first six months of this year.

Out of the 13,133 reported shoplifting incidents, officers handed out 832 cautions, 2,781 community resolutions, 678 penalty notices, 211 reprimands and 4,531 shoplifters were charged.

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said: “We continue to work with town centre shops and CCTV throughout the county to reduce the number of shoplifting offences.

“Periodically, operations are carried out to try to target such offences through high-visibility and covert patrols in a bid to disrupt shoplifters, particularly persistent offenders who chose not to change their criminal behaviour.

“Shoplifting offences will be dealt with robustly with all the powers available to us.”



  • I think those figures need a closer looking at and there is a completely different picture to be taken from them, of the 13133 offences what happen to the missing 4100 offences where no action was taken? If we take 2013 figures for April, May, June and July that was 1262 offences to recover £3500 which works out at about £2.77 per incident. Now let me tell you from experience that that is not cost effective for any company, plus if you add in the amount that are charged for the radios which quiet frankly do not work properly, then you have a very poor record. I know that in Ipswich town centre alone there are stores with losses greater than £50000 per annum, so who and where are the losses taking place, and any good company will tell you the petty criminal is a waste of time chasing, there are far bigger fish to catch working in each and every store in the town, or any where across the country.How many repeat offenders are from the UK and how many are not working from outside the UK,

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    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • You can be supplied exactly what you want on the Nacton Estate , those living there are quite happy to get their meat , cheese , washing liquids and powders from the thieves , one family in particular are very active S***L , possibly meet them in the playground before and after school ?

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    Poppys Dad

    Friday, August 8, 2014

  • The thieving profession has been around for centuries,It will never get stopped. Some shops are easier than others,most steal because they have addictions, Some steal to provide food for the children,? But for me personally, I can not judge those who do. None of us know if we would ever be put in that situation.

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    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • I'd rather they did something about the 'music' played from M&S to the market.

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    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • gavalie - a large percentage of shoplifters don't do it because they are poor - they either do it to feed an expensive alcohol or drug or gambling habit, or because they figured out that they can make a living on the proceeds of large scale theft.

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    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • There is no excuse for theft.I had some lean years,but It never resulted in stealing.You just cut down on a few things,and live within your means.I had 2 min wage jobs.Things improve.

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    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • large retaillers factor an allowance for 'shrinkage' into their budgets. Smaller retaillers suffer more but frequently part of the problem is their own management of the store- hidden corners behind high racking, high value goods places out of sight and too few staff paying too little attention in the store. You will never stop shop lifters unless everything is behind the counter like in the old days. Unfortunately news agents are among the worst, stacking the shop high with goodness knows what, windows blacked out and a bored staff member surfing the net whilst taking money. I think some shops, (the likes of Primark being a good example) don't care about shop lifting at all- they pile it high, clothes jammed on too tightly, narrow gaps between racks and poor display. No meaningful customer service, too few shop floor staff. Its a recipe for a free for all for a thief.

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    Sentinel Red

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • I use to be a manager for a store detective agency the amount of time the police were called and did nothing but speak to the person then let them go was as much as following it through ,the excuse would be sorry to busy or it's takes up to much time to deal with it, cells full or more important things to do , so I don't beleave these figures

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    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • can you tell us . how many shop lifters are English. none drug addicts . people who find the ridiculous prices is shops now days so high. the a months wages would not buy you a bucket full of snow now days

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    Lee mundy

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • You will find that NOW shoplifting is under reported by the shops due to Police not able to get an officer to the shops even when they have detained suspect or suspects . Shoplifting is THEFT and should be treated as such , it is committed by many criminals who used to commit other crimes as they are treated leniently by the courts . Prolific repeat offenders hardly get punished , so continue to do so after release from their 6 week prison sentence ! Ask about how many reported crimes have come the Co-op supermarkets , they amount to a large number of reported crimes due to every store having CCTV . Doesn't stop the targeting of Co-op stores by some thieves .

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

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