Shoplifting hits new five year high in Blackburn

Shoplifting hits new five year high in Blackburn

Shoplifting hits new five year high in Blackburn

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Hyndburn reporter

THE number of shoplifting incidents in the run-up to Christmas is at a five-year high in Blackburn, new figures have revealed.

More than 300 incidents of shoplifting in November and December were reported in 2012, compared to 197 in 2007 – an increase of 35 per cent.

Although figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, were not available for 2013, the number of food-related thefts increased in 2013, police said.

Despite luxury items, such as perfumes, digital cameras and designer headphones being taken, there were numerous thefts of every day products, including baby clothes, food, and children’s toys. A police spokesman said: “Some areas have seen increases in general shoplifting and, as part of that, we have seen examples of basic food items being stolen, which is a slight change from what we have seen previously.

“Whilst we aren’t drawing any specific conclusions from this, it may be possible that social pressures are one of the many potentially contributing factors.” The number of food-related thefts increased from just under 25 per cent to 33 per cent between February and July last year.

The police spokesman said officers carried out patrols, provided security advice to stores and dealt with repeat offenders, often through civil orders such as ASBOs or banning orders.

President of Blackburn Chamber of Trade, Tony Duckworth, said offenders seemed to be coming from ‘bail hostels’.

He said: “Shoplifting seems to be endemic. It is a problem for people and it’s expensive to deter. We have links between shops, and habitual offenders are monitored. It’s a matter of whether they are caught.”

Loraine Jones, general manager at The Mall, Blackburn, said: “We have a fantastic team of professional, experienced security personnel here and we take part in a campaign called Detect and Deter, aimed at identifying offenders before they enter The Mall.”

Executive director at Blackburn with Darwen Council, Andrew Lightfoot, said ‘crime and anti-social behaviour in the town centre is a top priority’.

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10:19am Thu 9 Jan 14

Noiticer says...

A sign of the times. Whereas the rich get away with legal tax avoidance as well as more dodgy but hardly 'policed' tax evasion which costs the country billions of pounds, the poor have only criminal shoplifting to resort to.
A sign of the times. Whereas the rich get away with legal tax avoidance as well as more dodgy but hardly 'policed' tax evasion which costs the country billions of pounds, the poor have only criminal shoplifting to resort to. Noiticer
  • Score: 10

10:42am Thu 9 Jan 14

shytalk says...

Noiticer wrote:
A sign of the times. Whereas the rich get away with legal tax avoidance as well as more dodgy but hardly 'policed' tax evasion which costs the country billions of pounds, the poor have only criminal shoplifting to resort to.
And they won't be bothered if its a prison cell where they are being fed or from what they have stolen from a supermarket.. For many a prison cell is becoming preferable to a park bench. There are a lot of vulnerable people out there and as the food banks will tell you quite often it is through no fault of their own.
The Tory plantation owners though will say different.
[quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: A sign of the times. Whereas the rich get away with legal tax avoidance as well as more dodgy but hardly 'policed' tax evasion which costs the country billions of pounds, the poor have only criminal shoplifting to resort to.[/p][/quote]And they won't be bothered if its a prison cell where they are being fed or from what they have stolen from a supermarket.. For many a prison cell is becoming preferable to a park bench. There are a lot of vulnerable people out there and as the food banks will tell you quite often it is through no fault of their own. The Tory plantation owners though will say different. shytalk
  • Score: 11

11:29am Thu 9 Jan 14

GracesDad says...

Make no mistake that the majority of shoplifters are not stealing out of necessity. They are more often than not, dirty smack rats that then trapse round town centre pubs trying to peddle the cr@p that they stole to make enough cash for their next fix. The only reason that the goods being stolen have changed is because they are easier to steal!
Make no mistake that the majority of shoplifters are not stealing out of necessity. They are more often than not, dirty smack rats that then trapse round town centre pubs trying to peddle the cr@p that they stole to make enough cash for their next fix. The only reason that the goods being stolen have changed is because they are easier to steal! GracesDad
  • Score: -1

12:15pm Thu 9 Jan 14

bernss says...

it time this country woke up and got this goverment out like they all joined forces to get rid of the poll tax.
it time this country woke up and got this goverment out like they all joined forces to get rid of the poll tax. bernss
  • Score: 2

12:18pm Thu 9 Jan 14

makaveli96 says...

If all criminals faced the hangman wouldnt we produce a perfect society with no criminals?

There would be no need for prisons, and the extra money could be spent on the good!

Its like breeding the best race horses.

Eventually you would blood a good decent society!

Or am I just ahead of my time.....
If all criminals faced the hangman wouldnt we produce a perfect society with no criminals? There would be no need for prisons, and the extra money could be spent on the good! Its like breeding the best race horses. Eventually you would blood a good decent society! Or am I just ahead of my time..... makaveli96
  • Score: -4

12:24pm Thu 9 Jan 14

burner says...

Probably increasing because the current Criminal Code will see offenders given laughable Community Orders instead of being treated like the criminals they really are.
Probably increasing because the current Criminal Code will see offenders given laughable Community Orders instead of being treated like the criminals they really are. burner
  • Score: -6

12:33pm Thu 9 Jan 14

zulu_sotv says...

Nope Makeveli, NOT 'ahead of your time'.
Just a bit too stupid, or perhaps obsessed with Bitain's punishment code in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Mybe you ought to get local lad and Dr Who to 'whizz you back there' in his Tardis perhaps ?
Nope Makeveli, NOT 'ahead of your time'. Just a bit too stupid, or perhaps obsessed with Bitain's punishment code in the 17th and 18th centuries. Mybe you ought to get local lad and Dr Who to 'whizz you back there' in his Tardis perhaps ? zulu_sotv
  • Score: 2

1:33pm Thu 9 Jan 14

makaveli96 says...

zulu_sotv wrote:
Nope Makeveli, NOT 'ahead of your time'. Just a bit too stupid, or perhaps obsessed with Bitain's punishment code in the 17th and 18th centuries. Mybe you ought to get local lad and Dr Who to 'whizz you back there' in his Tardis perhaps ?
Next you will telling me that the USA isnt an illegal country that was taken from the British by unapproved force!
[quote][p][bold]zulu_sotv[/bold] wrote: Nope Makeveli, NOT 'ahead of your time'. Just a bit too stupid, or perhaps obsessed with Bitain's punishment code in the 17th and 18th centuries. Mybe you ought to get local lad and Dr Who to 'whizz you back there' in his Tardis perhaps ?[/p][/quote]Next you will telling me that the USA isnt an illegal country that was taken from the British by unapproved force! makaveli96
  • Score: -1

2:03pm Thu 9 Jan 14

makaveli96 says...

My dad found out I had an imaginary girlfriend.

He said, "You know, you could do better."

"Thanks dad, that means a lot," I replied.

"I was talking to your girlfriend."
My dad found out I had an imaginary girlfriend. He said, "You know, you could do better." "Thanks dad, that means a lot," I replied. "I was talking to your girlfriend." makaveli96
  • Score: 5

2:06pm Thu 9 Jan 14

makaveli96 says...

Ronnie Biggs has died, aged 84.

This leaves National Rail as the last remaining Great Train Robber, with cheese sandwiches for £4.50
Ronnie Biggs has died, aged 84. This leaves National Rail as the last remaining Great Train Robber, with cheese sandwiches for £4.50 makaveli96
  • Score: 9

5:47pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Viv says...

Come on LT, I'm sure you could have sourced a Blackburn based photo (or even a UK based photo) to go with this story - The stock photo you have used is from the US, featuring a US store, US groceries and no doubt a US citizen.
Come on LT, I'm sure you could have sourced a Blackburn based photo (or even a UK based photo) to go with this story - The stock photo you have used is from the US, featuring a US store, US groceries and no doubt a US citizen. Viv
  • Score: 1

6:01pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Benpupdog says...

Its just a class thing, the lower classes steel food, uper classes claim falae benefits etc.
Its just a class thing, the lower classes steel food, uper classes claim falae benefits etc. Benpupdog
  • Score: 1

8:05pm Thu 9 Jan 14

noddy57 says...

if this crime is as serious as you say then why when these thieves are caught do they only get a slap on the wrist,,put in a strong deterrent and only then will you notice a reduction in this widespread crime,they cannot shoplift if they are locked up,
if this crime is as serious as you say then why when these thieves are caught do they only get a slap on the wrist,,put in a strong deterrent and only then will you notice a reduction in this widespread crime,they cannot shoplift if they are locked up, noddy57
  • Score: 2

8:08pm Thu 9 Jan 14

trevhd says...

Also highest immigration levels.
Also highest immigration levels. trevhd
  • Score: 3

8:28pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

I don't think stealing is ever justified under any circumstances, would you like some one to steal from you? YES the bankers should have stood trial for what they did, but that is not a reason to justify the working classes abandoning their morals.
I don't think stealing is ever justified under any circumstances, would you like some one to steal from you? YES the bankers should have stood trial for what they did, but that is not a reason to justify the working classes abandoning their morals. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 1

8:28pm Thu 9 Jan 14

noddy57 says...

if this crime is as serious as you say then why when these thieves are caught do they only get a slap on the wrist,,put in a strong deterrent and only then will you notice a reduction in this widespread crime,they cannot shoplift if they are locked up,
if this crime is as serious as you say then why when these thieves are caught do they only get a slap on the wrist,,put in a strong deterrent and only then will you notice a reduction in this widespread crime,they cannot shoplift if they are locked up, noddy57
  • Score: 1

1:59pm Fri 10 Jan 14

makaveli96 says...

zulu_sotv wrote:
Nope Makeveli, NOT 'ahead of your time'. Just a bit too stupid, or perhaps obsessed with Bitain's punishment code in the 17th and 18th centuries. Mybe you ought to get local lad and Dr Who to 'whizz you back there' in his Tardis perhaps ?
"To the person who mugged my 67 year old mum and my sister. I hope you get hit by a bus and die. Slowly." - Myleene Klass Vents Fury After Mum And Sister Are Robbed

Its not just me who thinks a hard stance is required!
[quote][p][bold]zulu_sotv[/bold] wrote: Nope Makeveli, NOT 'ahead of your time'. Just a bit too stupid, or perhaps obsessed with Bitain's punishment code in the 17th and 18th centuries. Mybe you ought to get local lad and Dr Who to 'whizz you back there' in his Tardis perhaps ?[/p][/quote]"To the person who mugged my 67 year old mum and my sister. I hope you get hit by a bus and die. Slowly." - Myleene Klass Vents Fury After Mum And Sister Are Robbed Its not just me who thinks a hard stance is required! makaveli96
  • Score: 1

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