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Retailers Urge UK Police to Prioritize Shoplifting as Costs Rise

  • Violence and abuse toward store workers soared in pandemic
  • Security labels become more commonplace as prices increase
Police officers on bicycles in central London.

Police officers on bicycles in central London.

Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Retailers including Tesco Plc and J Sainsbury Plc are calling on British police to focus on retail crime as the cost of living weighs heavily on shoppers and leads to theft.

More than 100 retailers have written a joint letter to Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales expressing concerns about rising levels of abuse and anti-social behavior toward staff, according to a statement Thursday from the British Retail Consortium, which is coordinating the effort.