Evidence Led Crime Reduction Project

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Evidence-Led Crime Reduction Project to Reduce Shoplifting

Shoplifting, once described as something committed by individuals who are too afraid to take other ‘criminal risks’ (Egan & Taylor, 2010); is a widespread problem across England and Wales, which is slowly becoming known as a “common method of consumer product acquisition” (Cox, Cox & Moschis 1990). There has been many methods introduced in order to tackle this growing issue, yet there is a lack of official crime reduction guidelines to allow an effective and unanimous approach towards the successful reduction of shoplifting.
The scale of shoplifting in the United Kingdom in the past few years has changed to worrying levels, this is also true of the scope of shoplifting as well. The Office of National Statistics have reported 321,008 police recorded shoplifting incidents from April 2013 to March 2014 (See Statistics 2010,), along with this articles have shown 34 of policed forces across the UK have presented a 6% increase in shoplifting (Pidd & Collier, 2014). Such academics as Klemke (1978) have claimed that shoplifting significantly reduces with age (See Egan & Taylor, 2010), it seems to be a so-called hobby that is popular amongst the younger generations, particularly adolescents.
Furthermore, official government crime statistics have shown that shoplifting rates were around three times higher in urban and city areas than in rural areas with supermarkets experiencing shoplifting more than other retailers (Home
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