Figures have recently suggested that on average crime within Leeds has experienced a decline over the last 12 months; however, the figures have also revealed that one area of crime which has experienced a rise is theft from shops.
According to the figures, in the last year there have been in excess of 6,000 reported incidents of shoplifting throughout Leeds, a rise of 12 percent from 2012 / 2013’s figures.
The figures, along with revealing that there has been an increase in reported shoplifting offences within Leeds, have also revealed that half of the ten hotspots for such crime were supermarkets; although it has been reported that community convenience stores are also beginning to see a rise in shoplifting offences.
Following the release of the latest figures, the Chief Superintendent for Leeds Police has stated that he is of the belief that the financial hardship experienced by many, is causing some previously law-abiding citizens to desperation – and shoplifting.
As criminal law solicitors in Leeds, we understand and appreciate that facing charges relating to a crime can be a terrifying experience, especially if you have not been in trouble with the law before.
We also understand the importance of seeking expert legal advice, such as from our solicitors, when facing criminal charges relating to shoplifting and / or theft, which is why our solicitors are on hand around the clock.
At Lester Morrill, we specialise in assisting those who are facing theft related charges; and to find out how we can assist you throughout the legal process, contact our solicitors today.