Stat of the day: £4.4bn

The amount shoplifting costs UK stores each year.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
It looks like the UK has another dubious accolade to add to its rapidly-expanding collection: it turns out we've got one of the worst records in the world for shoplifting. Apparently, an average of £12,054,794 worth of goods were stolen each day in the UK in the 12 months to the end of June, adding an extra £180 to the average family’s shopping bill. The good news (yes, there is some) is that it's down from the previous year by 5.8%, suggesting that shoplifting fell as the economy gradually picked up over the year. But the problem is that more than a third of thefts are carried out by staff – making them less difficult to spot. Branded clothing is the most common target for thieves; but meat, cheese, alcohol and, er, seafood are also popular. So if the bloke in the queue behind you smells like a fisherman, it might be time to get suspicious...

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