LOCAL TRADERS GET A PRE-CHRISTMAS SHOPLIFTING WARNING

18 December 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

A WARNING has been issued this week to the owners of all large and small stores throughout the region, including Co. Monaghan, to be on “red alert” for premises being targeted by shoplifting gangs, in the countdown to Christmas!.

The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association has warned all retailers to be extra vigilant during the Christmas period as shops throughout the country are being increasingly targeted by shoplifters and organised gangs. The Association outlined that evidence indicates retailers are twice as likely to be victims of shoplifting over the Christmas period, as the level of crime rises due to the greater opportunity afforded by crowds and larger stocks.

The Association estimates that two thirds of all retail outlets across the country will be targeted by shoplifters over the Christmas period, with over 75 per cent experiencing more than one incident.

It says that for 2014, it is estimated Christmas losses in Ireland in the six weeks from mid-November to end-December will be as high as €54 million—a rise of 5 per cent on the 2013 figures.

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