Retail theft increases in Victoria: The most common stolen items revealed
Is your shop security adequate? Find out what thieves are most likely to shoplift, and effective ways to help protect your retail business from being burgled.
Victorian retailers and small business owners are being urged to stay vigilant and prioritise the security of their staff, equipment and inventory, as new data from Crime Statistics Victoria reveals a big rise in shoplifting and burglary-related offences.
28,579 retail thefts, burglaries, and breaking and entering offences were recorded in Victoria for the year ending September 2023, a 36.9 per cent increase compared to the previous year of 20,874 offences.
Neighbourhood Watch spokesperson Bambi Gordon indicated that prevailing economic conditions and the cost-of-living crisis meant that “retailers that sell liquor, groceries and clothes [currently] have a much higher chance of being hit by burglars.”
The dramatic rise in burglaries underlines the importance of proactive security measures for retailers and small business owners, including locks and security cameras, in addition to having adequate business insurance coverage in place.