Retail store thefts remain on the rise

Retail store thefts remains on the rise in Fairfield with latest quarterly report from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) revealing a 43.4 per cent increase in the 24-months to September 2017.

It follows the state-wide trend with stealing from a retail store (up 4.7 per cent) the only major crime category to rise.

Police say the increase in retail thefts is possibly the result of increased reporting of incidents and prosecutions. Half of this increase is attributable to an increase in the theft of liquor.

In Fairfield stealing from a retail store has increased 4.3 per cent in the last quarter.

The BOSCAR statistics showed Fairfield  – which includes Fairfield and Cabramatta commands  – were stable in 15 of the 17 major crime categories.

While retail thefts were up, steal from dwelling was down 20.1 percent.

Cabramatta police crime manager Detective Chief Inspector Darren Newman said police will continue to work closely with retail outlets to ensure “preventative measures” are in place.

Inspector Newman said one of the key messages they emphasise to retail outlets is to keep customers in view at all time and to engage a person if they are acting suspiciously.

“But never place yourself or staff in danger. If a person become violent, retreat and call 000,” he said. “Also we advise to install quality CCTV near registers and entry/exit points.”

State-wide there was decreases in seven of the crime categories including domestic violence related assault and fraud. The other nine offences were stable.