I think it is you know.
That\’s hardly news. But here\’s a small insight into hardship that Dr Eoin Clarke unearthed from the Centre for Retail Research. Shoplifting is rising, as it does in recessions. What are the most stolen items? Not luxuries. Cheese comes a long way top, meat second, then fish and baby milk only just behind alcohol. Baby milk!
Actually looking at his claimed source I can\’t see that what he\’s climaing people are climaing is what people are claiming:
We don\’t seem to have UK specific numbers. And European numbers don\’t look all that our of line with those of other areas of the world. And where we do have UK specific numbers retail shrinkage (which is not shoplifting alone) seems to be falling:
Retail shrinkage rose again in 2011 to 1.37% of sales, putting UK retailers in the same position as they had been in 2009. Shrinkage in 2010 was 1.29%. As recently as 2002, UK shrinkage was as high as 1.77%.
Depends upon your measurement period, obviously.
As to why what is shoplifted is shoplifted: well, you\’d expect the highest value items that are left out on the shelves to be those that are shoplifted really. There\’s not much shoplifting of diamonds because they\’re not put where people can lift them: there is of cheese because it is.
But if Polly\’s going to start using Eoin as a source of statistics, what next? R. Murphy on taxes or something equally absurd?