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Swedish shoplifters prefer meat: study

TT/The Local/dl · 18 Oct 2011, 09:44

Published: 18 Oct 2011 08:44 GMT+02:00
Updated: 18 Oct 2011 09:44 GMT+02:00

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“We have people who use the store like their own refrigerator,” the owner of an Ica grocery store told the TT news agency.

An estimated 6.4 billion kronor worth of goods will be stolen from stores in Sweden this year, according to a study carried out by the Checkpoint Systems security firm.

Among the most popular items Swedes acquired using a five-finger discount are accessories, shaving products, and meat.

Cheese, children's clothing, and cosmetics are also popular among Swedish shoplifters.

“We have people who use the store like their own refrigerator and completely overlook the fact that they should pay for things. There are also gangs who steal. They take chocolate cookies and Nescafé for which there is a second-hand market,” Örjan Josefsson, the owner of an Ica grocery store in Stockholm, told TT.

Employee and supplier thefts have decreased compared to last year, which shoplifting now accounts fro half of the goods that disappear of Swedish store shelves without being paid for.

The Swedish Trade Federation (Svensk Handel), an organisation representing the retail and wholesale trade, thinks that the police don't take the thefts seriously enough and that the resale of stolen goods is a major problem.

“We have the organised thefts were people go into stores and empty a whole section of goods. That's a job that someone has ordered and they sell the goods on right away,” Per Geijer, head of security issues with the Federation, told TT.

In Sweden, store thefts amount to 1.40 percent of sales, the highest figure among the Nordic countries.

Geijer had no explanation as to why more retail goods are stolen in Sweden than in Norway, Finland and Denmark, pointing out that Swedish law is adequate.

“But we have a legal system which leaves something to be desired. When stores file police reports about thefts, no one does anything about it,” he said.

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Store owner Joseffon has stopped reporting shoplifters to the police.

“We simply take the goods away from them and send them on their way,” he told TT.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:45 October 18, 2011 by jostein
The apathetic children have grown up, it seems. And again theLocal use language deceitfully.
12:35 October 18, 2011 by Jes
I absolutely understand why some people in Sweden have to shop -lift food items, especially meat . I have always qeustioned the logic behind setting high prices for essential goods when there is evidence that most of these goods are not bought .

In ICA alone , there is always a member of staff whose job is to collect foods that have expired . I was told by someone who works in ICA that sometimes , 75% of greens is thrown away every after 3 days !

Fruits from tropical countries are always left there to rot , and then thrown away because their prices are just toooooo high for the consumers that would otherwise buy them . Mangoes , passion fruits , papaya , manioc/ casav , pinaples ,sweet potatoes. etc should never be imported if they cannot be sold are reasonable prices.

IHow much fresh meat is thrown away , and why should it ?.ICA is also responsible for updating expirely dates for cheese , and repacking meats and placing newer dates on them .

True , it is regretable that there are few sick-headed people who will shop-lift , either as a habit or for economic reasons , but are the super-market operators more honest on the way they make their profits ? Is it not a form of pick-pocketing to charge 39.99 kr. for a kilo of paprika ?

To some of us ,there is a thin line between shop-lifting and over-charing things that every human needs in order to live
14:02 October 18, 2011 by andyron2
Police do not take anything seriously,forget about the shop lifting.

The security firm should have atleast given the details of the regions most effected in sweden.
15:48 October 18, 2011 by Svensksmith
Of course they're gonna steal meat. What do you think they're gonna take...broccoli?
16:49 October 18, 2011 by Addendum
A 12% tax on groceries and a 25% tax on clothing is also theft.
19:55 October 18, 2011 by J Jack
well what are those magnet and bar code gadgets for? and why do alarms only go off in clothing and toy stores ..?..oh and Giganten?
21:25 October 18, 2011 by Bigd
@Jjack - yes what are the bleeding electronic exit barriers for then....you telling me i can just walk through....??
00:12 October 19, 2011 by godnatt

Yeah right...
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