Extent of Britons' self service checkout theft revealed

20 November 2017 - Janet Bird

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A shocking new study has revealed the extent of Britons' self service checkout theft.

Research conducted by found a staggering 69 percent of respondents admitting to carrying out such thefts - 23 percent saying they had done so in the past and 46 percent claiming to do so regularly.

Of the survey participants who admitted stealing, 62 percent said they stole because an item would not scan, while 40 percent took items without paying because they thought they could get away with it. Eighteen percent said they didn't have enough money at the time. Thirty-six percent said they simply forgot to scan a product.

Britain is currently in the midst of a self service till theft explosion, with £3.2 billion worth of goods now stolen in this way annually, compared to £1.6 billion in 2014.

The most common items to be stolen are toiletries, followed by fruit and veg and dairy products.

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