Shoplifting is starting to become a growing concern on Holloway Road. After coming out of the double-dip recession, we thought that was it and finally the recession was over, but the UK economy has been brought down to its knees after a triple-dip recession warning arises.
We are now in a time where workers are working harder, money is becoming tighter, stores are making less of a profit, jobs are being cut and theft is becoming more popular. In these hard times shoplifting can be very tempting. Earning for something you want yourself is definitely more satisfying than robbing.
31 year-old Paul, a store detective for Morrison’s on Holloway road, said: “Thieves do target this supermarket quite often. Our last theft took place only ten minutes ago and there were three different incidents which took place today”. He said, “So far there haven’t been any high valued products targeted, just those between the values of £8-£30. To protect the store we have undercover officers like myself and CCTV which is placed around high valued products”. According to the store detective “thefts cost the store around £1.5 billion each year, and it isn’t any good for loyal customers, as the prices of the products then go up.”
However, not all thieving takes place because the shoplifter has no money. Beauty products amongst others people are willing to break the law to get what they want.
Some stores on Holloway road are completely oblivious to these robberies.
Card factory manager, Hitesh Rahman (52), said: “In our store we do not have a security guard; in fact we have never needed one. I do know that shoplifting is quite common on Holloway Road though, and it is true that whenever a thief would get an opportunity, they are likely to steal.”
Most of the time thieves are unaware of the punishments which can take place for their actions,
Charity worker, 28, Neil Green said: “There are always different reasons for a thief to feel the need to steal. Feeling under pressure, is one. Most youngsters tend to steal because of this exact reason, as well as not knowing right from wrong”. He said, “This can create serious and permanent damage to their lives. Stealing because you’re homeless or starving is very rare these days, but I do think theft could be seen as a cry for help”. He finally added, “When I was 19, my mum passed away and I was pretty torn up, I started using stealing as a distraction until I was caught and got arrested. I know now, it was wrong doing what I did, but at the time my head was all over the place and I never thought about how the victim may have felt.”
It seems shoplifting has had an effect on the local businesses ‘stock losses’ in Holloway, therefore security measures will have to be increase and thieves will need to face the consequences.