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Is shoplifting a joke?

Melanie Grant - One Show team | 18:10 UK time, Thursday, 9 October 2008

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With the global economy in decline and the country heading for recession an increasing number of people are turning to shoplifting to fill the financial gap.

Britain's become the shoplifting capital of Europe with some 700,000 people stealing every year.

Rav Wilding speaks to a former shoplifter, asks why theft has become the credit crunch crime of choice and looks at the fact that, even if they're caught the majority of shoplifters don't end up in prison.

Is shoplifting considered to be a joke in this country? Would stricter penalties be a deterrant for shoplifters? If so, what kind of penalties should there be?


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