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Waitrose combats shoplifting with free coffee for police

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Waitrose and John Lewis are providing complimentary coffee and hot beverages to on-duty police officers. 

This is to maintain a visible police presence and deterring potential thieves, according to Nicki Juniper, head of security at the John Lewis Partnership.

She oversees both the John Lewis and Waitrose brands.

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She said: “Retailers across the board are seeing a rise in crime. 

“This isn’t driven by a need to put food on the table, but rather professional shoplifters stealing for greed over need.”

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Retailers have reported an uptick in shopper aggression since the onset of the pandemic.

The hope is that by offering free coffee at Waitrose, there will be an increased likelihood of police patrolling near stores.

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Juniper said: “Even just having a police car parked outside can make people think twice about shoplifting.” 

According to the British Retail Consortium, shoplifting has cost retailers a staggering £1 billion in the past year.

Theft incidents rose by 26 percent during this period.

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