A DETAILED breakdown has revealed the stores that are most targeted by shoplifters in South Derbyshire.
Derbyshire Police revealed that more than 60 per cent of all shoplifting revolved around just a handful of stores in the area, which include the Co-op, Sainsbury’s, Boots, B&M Bargains, Morrisons and Aldi.
The force revealed the list of the worst-hit outlets as it announced crime for the whole county had risen for the first time in 10 years, although South Derbyshire actually recorded its eleventh successive year with a drop in crime.
Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “Theft from major retailers accounts for the majority of all shoplifting crimes, with large supermarkets being the main victims.
“Most of these thefts involve relatively small amounts of food or other goods with the majority being under £30 in value. Eighteen per cent of all shoplifting includes the theft of alcohol.
“In total we recorded nearly 6,000 offences of shoplifting, which is more than 11 per cent of recorded crime, and of the top 15 locations that my officers are repeatedly called to in the county three are single sites of major supermarkets.
“While I in no way defend or excuse people stealing from stores, the fact is there are limited interventions the police can do to reduce this offending.”
Chief Con Creedon also moved to address the fact that the county as a whole had seen an increase in crime for the first time in a decade.
He said: “ We knew that crime could not fall forever, especially in light of the tough economic times.
“The significant reduction in police and other agencies’ budgets has meant hundreds less police officers, police staff and big reductions in other partners’ staff numbers. This makes it more and more difficult to carry out the preventative work that can make such a difference to levels of crime.”