As we approach the Christmas period, expectations of busy shopping complexes with frantic crowds of shoppers is high, along with the demands to supply the family with gifts that not necessarily can be afforded. Latest reports from the Centre of Retail Research identify that crime rates will rise this winter as “consumers are unwilling to give up their luxury lifestyles in the recession and are resorting to crime”.
Since the country was pronounced as being in a global recession, crime rates have risen among the high streets, topping £4.88 billion for the first time. The Nottingham-based Centre for Retail Research annually covers the national crime rate, and it was Professor Joshua Bamfield who wrote the 2009 barometer hire bodyguard UK. Bamfield’s report highlights a growth in crime cost, as an additional £750 million worth of items were stolen than that of the same period in 2009. These statistics bolster the fact that Britain is top of the retail crime league table above Germany and France, second and third respectively. The report identified expensive branded goods as the most desired. DIY and hardware stores were also crime hotspots with crime rising by 4% from this time last year.
Neil Matthews, the vice-president of Checkpoint Systems, has gone on record about how the U.K. crime rate is rising at a time of most need for the economy.We are seeing more instances than before of amateur thieves stealing goods for their own personal use rather than to sell on. This is epitomised in the recent rise of middle class shoplifter – someone who has turned to theft to sustain their higher standard of living.”
Neil Matthews went on to say that the “loss from retail crime is often viewed as simply a cost of doing business. However, as the report clearly demonstrates the social and economic impact of turning a blind eye is immense, especial in these tough economic times. Retailers simply cannot afford to ignore this problem. It’s not going to go away, and is the equivalent of taxing every U.K. household £227 per year”.
With Neil Matthews’s sentiments in mind, the professional thing to do would be to invest in a professional security services company to secure the retail premises, keeping the crime rate minimal. By simply having security guard services in place, potential thieves would be inclined to stay away and those that consider theft would be put off.