Shoplifting in York and North Yorkshire: Only 11 per cent prosecuted
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Shoplifting in York and North Yorkshire: Only 11 per cent prosecuted

Police in North Yorkshire are struggling to identify suspects in over half of shop theft cases, according to . The detection and prosecution rate has decreased compared to the same period last year. This trend is concerning because shoplifting poses a significant problem for city centre businesses. Small business owners lose hard-earned income, and their workers face stress due to the dangers posed by shoplifting. Furthermore, many of the defendants brought before the city and county’s courts are repeat offenders who often claim to have drug or alcohol problems. Sentences for shoplifters range from conditional discharges to prison. York Magistrates Court also sees a significant number of out-of-town shoplifters, often working in gangs. Police have made it clear that shoplifting is not a victimless crime and have urged shop owners to follow business crime prevention guides on the force’s website. According to a Freedom of Information request, there were 4,031 cases of shoplifting dealt with by the police from January to October this year, compared to 2,767 cases over the same period last year. However, only 11% of cases this year resulted in one or more people being charged with an offense or summonsed to court. This figure shows a decline compared to the same period last year.