11 Mar 2009
Bill proposed to increase penalties for shoplifting
A Bill to crack down on shoplifters who reportedly cost businesses £1bn last year is to be presented to the House of Commons by Anne McIntosh, MP for the Vale of York.
Tory Anne McIntosh, said: "The Government is turning its back on the scourge of retail crime. Shoplifting is increasing, but it is being dealt with in a derisory way.
The use of fines is proving ineffective in deterring crime against business, especially shoplifting. The failure of fines as a deterrent is evident from the fact that the average number of recorded offences annually has remained as high as 295,000, unchanged since 1998-99."
Her Bill would ensure that fines were restricted to first-time offences. Fines would not be used in relation to persistent offences, where there was violence, or where the value of the goods stolen was high.
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