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Shoplifting hotspots revealed as incidents in Redbridge rise by more than 27 per cent

PUBLISHED: 15:14 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:25 28 February 2017

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New data shows that thieves are targeting supermarkets, as well shopping centres, after Redbridge recorded a 27.3 per cent (pc) rise in shoplifting cases last year.

The Exchange Mall, in High Road, Ilford, was the top location for shoplifters followed by Iceland Foods, based in the same street, and Tesco Goodmayes.

In total 1,175 incidents of shoplifting were recorded by the borough’s police in 2016 compared to 923 the previous year.

The rise in incidents is far higher than the average increase of 7.6pc for England and Wales - with more than 360,000 shoplifting incidents recorded across both countries in 2016.

Despite the increase in shoplifting Redbridge still has the sixth lowest shoplifting rates in London, based on the number of incidents as a percentage of the population for the area.

In London, the Metropolitan Police handled a total of 47,099 shoplifting reports during 2016, which is more than a 10pc increase on the 2015 figure of 42,658.

Unsurprisingly, Westminster topped the chart in London for shoplifting with thousands of big spenders heading to up-market shops in Oxford Street, Regent Street and New Bond Street.

The figures were collated by the website Love My Vouchers.

Director Linda Firth said: “Shoplifting doesn’t just affect the retailers, it also affects consumers as the losses are typically recouped through higher retail prices.

“With such a high portion of the population already struggling to make ends meet, the affect of increasing retail prices to account for the costs of shoplifting could have a significant impact on budgets.


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