July 24 2014 Latest news:
by Ajay Nair, Reporter
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Shoplifting has shown a big increase at one store in Romford, police figures show.
Marks & Spencer has recorded more cases of shoplifting than any other retailer in the area.
There were 16 reported cases in May, up from just two in January. This year’s crime increase peaked in April when 19 incidents were reported.
No cases at all had been reported in December.
A Marks & Spencer spokesperson said: “We take shoplifting very seriously and are taking the necessary steps to help combat the issue at the M&S store in Romford.”
In total 26 crimes were recorded at Marks & Spencer in May, including anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.
This was down from a total of 37 crimes in April but an increase on the seven in January.
Despite last year’s figures showing an increase in shoplifting around April and May, with a total of 18 cases for the two months, this year’s figures have nearly doubled – with 35 incidents recorded in the same period.
Havering neighbourhood policing teams are working with Marks & Spencer to help stop thieves.
Insp Neal Donohoe said: “Officers from Havering work very closely with Marks & Spencer in Romford town centre.
“We currently have the Safe & Sound partnership with M&S, which sees officers regularly attending the venue.”
Mr Donohoe is urging people to stay vigilant while shopping if they see anything suspicious.
He added: “If members of the public witness someone shoplifting please immediately inform either security or shop staff or call the police.”