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Hardware and DIY goods among 'most stolen' at Christmas

Published: 3 December 2012
The cost of retail crime this year is estimated at £1bn, up 3.4% and £33m on last year.
Hardware and DIY goods among 'most stolen' at Christmas
An estimated £522.5m will be lost to shoplifting, £430.6m to employee theft and £46.6m to supply chain fraud - resulting in a total of £999.6m, according to the Centre for Retail Research.

The findings listed hardware and DIY products as among the "most stolen product lines" along with gift sets, decorations and electrical goods.

Per family household, the cost of retail crime this year is estimated at £38.09. Of 19 countries studies, the UK's total cost of crime per household ranked third highest behind the USA and Ireland, and was more than £10 over the European average.

The study - which covers a six week period from mid-November to end of December - was funded by Checkpoint Systems.

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