New survey: How high is the billions of damage caused by shoplifters is

Despite elaborate preventive measures against thieves in Germany stole in shops of retail trade more and more. So the research Institute EHI, according to a sur

New survey: How high is the billions of damage caused by shoplifters is

Despite elaborate preventive measures against thieves in Germany stole in shops of retail trade more and more. So the research Institute EHI, according to a survey by the Cologne-based Trading in the past year had been stolen in the value of EUR 3.75 billion. Including the losses due to incorrect pricing or other organization errors of 4.4 billion euros escaped the trade, which is 5 percent more than in the year 2018.

Michael Ashelm

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Almost EUR 2.5 billion of which went to the account of stealing customers, products worth 950 million euros, had been stolen by their own employees in the shops and a loss of around 360 million euros could be on the suppliers and service force, which Were mentally ill. The state of a people emerging with the theft of an economic damage of 510 million euros in the year due to the loss of VAT. "Statistically speaking, will be seen by every Person in Germany a value of goods of nearly 30 euros per year are stolen," said Frank Horst, the safety professional of the Institute.

The Institute argues that the number of simple shoplifting had decreased since the year 1997, almost continuously, the heavy shoplifting in the past 13 years, but almost tripled. Due to the high number of unreported cases from more than 98 per cent, the statistics of the Federal criminal police office have only a limited significance, it is the EHI. From the average damage in all the thefts, and the actual damage to trade is clear, that a year calculator remained more than 22.2 million shoplifting with a value of 110 euros undetected.

"Commercially active offenders are often supra-regionally active"

The trade Association Germany (HDE) warns that the number of serious offences have reached in 2019 compared to the previous year, almost back to the peak by 2016. The HDE calls for a significantly better human and material resources of law enforcement agencies to ensure consistent sanctions, and deterrence of potential offenders. "The increase in the heavy-Load thefts, which are often committed by organised gangs, makes the retail great concern. A huge economic damage,“ said HDE managing Director Stefan Genth on request.

The trade Association calls on the Federal States, the beginning of 2019, between the heads of government of the Federation and the länder Pact for the rule of law agreed "" with a total of 2000 new jobs in the judiciary consistently until 2021 to implement. In addition, the HDE set for the digitalisation of the judiciary and in particular to improve the exchange of data between the authorities in the field of law enforcement.

Updated Date: 28 July 2020, 19:19

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