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Report suggests surge in burglaries at retail and other commercial premises

A new study has found that police forces across the UK have been forced to carry out extra night patrols in emp­ty town cen­tres as bur­glars… View Article

SHOPPING CENTRES, HIGH STREETS & RETAIL PARKS

Report suggests surge in burglaries at retail and other commercial premises

A new study has found that police forces across the UK have been forced to carry out extra night patrols in emp­ty town cen­tres as bur­glars tar­get shops and com­mer­cial premis­es dur­ing the coro­n­avirus lockdown.

After collating data from police reports, news items and its own cus­tomer feed­back, prop­er­ty secu­ri­ty spe­cial­ist VPS UK found there was a sud­den rise in bur­glar­ies and attempt­ed thefts last week in the Man­ches­ter, Mersey­side, Gwent and Cleveland areas.

David Wormald, key account direc­tor for hos­pi­tal­i­ty and retail at VPS, said: “It’s no sur­prise that when whole city cen­tres are desert­ed, that oppor­tunis­tic thieves will take their chances, espe­cial­ly with an already stretched police ser­vice. And because so many peo­ple are stay­ing at home now, there’s even few­er chances that an attempt­ed bur­glary on a com­mer­cial site will be spot­ted and reported.”

Photo by Georgia Hawkins

 

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