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Shoplifting

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 20th March 2020.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

Why are the police seemingly refusing to investigate so called "shoplifting" theft even when clear CCTV footage is available?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

All crimes that are reported will be investigated if there are viable lines of enquiry. However, the Met is under various pressures including financial challenges and increasing demand. As a result, they have been forced to prioritise resources - low level, higher volume offences such as shoplifting, will have the policy applied to them to decide what level of investigation is appropriate.

The MPS and the National Business Crime Centre have worked to ensure there are a number of resources available to businesses to protect themselves from crime, such as working with the Met’s Designing Out Crime officers and online resources that will advise the most efficient use of CCTV to aid crime prevention and investigation.