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Discount store tops the list for town’s shoplifters

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

B&M Bargains, Coopers Square

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IT seems keeping your prices low is no guarantee of avoiding shoplifters after a discount store was named the number one target for shoplifters in Burton.

B&M Bargains, which specialises in offering cut-price deals, was targeted more than any other store in Burton last year, as figures obtained by the Mail revealed the town’s shoplifiting hotspots.

Bosses at the store, in the Coopers Square shopping centre, dealt with thieves most weeks during 2013, with the store hit 40 times.

Tesco, on St Peter’s Bridge, experienced similar headaches, with only three fewer cases of shoplifting at the store.

Supermarkets were a common theme in the list, accounting for four of the top five retailers.

Asda, in Coopers Square, was targeted 28 times, with shoplifters striking at both Midland Co-operative and Sainsbury’s 23 times.

Morrisons, Boots, Marks and Spencer, New Look and Primark made up the rest of the top 10.

Justin Haynes, store manager at B&M Bargains, said that despite coming top of the list for 2013, shoplifting was not viewed as a huge problem.

He believes the wide range of products on offer at the store could be what makes it such a haven for thieves.

Mr Haynes said: “I don’t see at as a great problem for our store. Obviously we’ve had a few incidents but they are pretty much contained.

“I don’t really know why we are the target, maybe because of the variety in the store people see more of an easy opportunity to steal from us.”

Although 40 shoplifters slipped through the net last year, Mr Haynes said the security team help to keep on top of the threat.

He said: “We have our own security guards which helps contain the situation.”

The town’s most targeted supermarket, Tesco, said it too works hard to try and stamp out the problem.

A spokesman said: “Like many retailers across Burton, we are unfortunately sometimes the victim of shoplifting. Our colleagues work very hard to prevent theft and we work very closely with the local police.”

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