Revealed: Top 10 shoplifting hotspots in Taunton

The 24-hour Asda store in Halcon, which was the victim of the most shoplifting offences in the last two years.

The 24-hour Asda store in Halcon, which was the victim of the most shoplifting offences in the last two years.

First published in News

TAUNTON'S shoplifting hotspots have been revealed in a league of shame.

Figures obtained by the County Gazette detail the locations for more than 1,400 shoplifting offences across the town in the last two years (see tables at the foot of this article).

Supermarkets top the list, but the number of offences has fallen over the past year, and the major chains say they take every incident “extremely seriously”.

The Asda store at Halcon saw the most thefts with 109, as staff called police on average more than once a week to report incidents.

Second on the list is the Morrisons supermarket at Dellers Wharf, which was the victim of 106 shoplifting offences.

Another supermarket chain, the Co-operative group, reported 93 incidents across its two Priorswood sites, while Primark topped the charts for the most targeted clothing store.

Officers dealt with 80 incidents of shoplifting at the budget high street chain on East Street, followed by Debenhams on North Street with 75.

In total, figures released by Avon and Somerset Police under the Freedom of Information Act show there were 561 incidents of shoplifting recorded between June 1, 2013 and May 30, 2014, down from 918 during the same period in 2012/13.

Andy Sharman, from Somerset West Businesses Against Crime, said: “At first glance, these figures showing nearly a 50% reduction in shop theft year on year appear encouraging.

"However, they do not reflect the true situation faced by businesses in Taunton town centre.

“Recorded crime figures do not incorporate instances where community resolutions are delivered, the businesses have dealt with the matter in-store, or crimes attended that have come via the radio link rather than police comms.”

Although it topped the table, Asda said the figure was small compared to the amount of customers that visit its 24-hour ‘supercentre’.

A spokesman added: “We welcomed over three million shoppers to our store in Taunton over the past two years yet instances of shoplifting are minimal.

“However, we do take the matter extremely seriously following up every incident with the police.”

Morrisons said it trains staff to be “vigilant” and works with police to catch offenders.

“We work hard to try and ensure that all our supermarkets provide a safe and welcoming environment but unfortunately supermarkets will always be a target for shoplifting and other types of anti-social behaviour,” a spokesman said.

The Co-operative group said it takes incidents of theft “extremely serious” and will continue to work with police to drive down crime.

Despite efforts to contact Primark, no response was forthcoming.

Taunton's shoplifting hotspots - the data: 

 

 

 

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1:35pm Thu 3 Jul 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

Shoplifting at Primark?! Surely if you're going to risk being caught stealing clothes, you'd at least want the rewards to make it worthwhile? The idea of getting arrested over a 50p T-shirt or something just goes to show how stupid shoplifters are.
Shoplifting at Primark?! Surely if you're going to risk being caught stealing clothes, you'd at least want the rewards to make it worthwhile? The idea of getting arrested over a 50p T-shirt or something just goes to show how stupid shoplifters are. GreatOdin'sRaven
  • Score: 10

5:53pm Thu 3 Jul 14

heather147 says...

I'm not surprised to see Boots and Marks & Spencer's on the list. There seems to be so few tills in those shops and they are so far apart I'm not surprised people just take off with things. There used to be staff in those shops who you could ask for assistance, they now seem to be long gone.
I'm not surprised to see Boots and Marks & Spencer's on the list. There seems to be so few tills in those shops and they are so far apart I'm not surprised people just take off with things. There used to be staff in those shops who you could ask for assistance, they now seem to be long gone. heather147
  • Score: -10

6:53pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Guy Smiley says...

So because the shops don't run like "Are you being served?" you think it's OK to steal?

We're doomed.
So because the shops don't run like "Are you being served?" you think it's OK to steal? We're doomed. Guy Smiley
  • Score: 3

1:58am Fri 4 Jul 14

tillboy says...

and no wonder stuff gets stolen at Adas cause theres alot of plants compost and other things as you go into the entrance.
and no wonder stuff gets stolen at Adas cause theres alot of plants compost and other things as you go into the entrance. tillboy
  • Score: -4

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