Retailers have suffered another blow by the reluctance of the Government to take shoplifting seriously. It is a rising crime and perpetrators should be punished. However, too many of them continue to get off Scott free.
Vale of York MP Anne McIntosh suffered a major disappointment when her Bill to impose tougher action against shoplifters was stopped dead in its tracks in the House of Commons.
McIntosh pinned the blame on Justice Secretary Jack Straw after Theft from Shops (Penalties) Bill - to prevent shoplifters with on-the-spot fines - was blocked.
Ms McIntosh said official figures showed that only half of the £80 fines imposed for shoplifting were ever paid and that shoplifters escape the imposition of a criminal record.
With 1 in every 35 people entering a shop going out with goods that they haven't paid for it is a serious problem for retailers and without the law on their side there is little to deter more people joining in and helping themselves to easy pickings.
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