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    Thefts from stores cost Belgians 119 euros per year

    While the number of store thefts is stable or decreasing in most European countries, this is not the case in Belgium. Credit: © Belga

    In-store theft cost Belgian retailers 900 million euros last year, placing the country in second place in the European ranking (western part), behind Spain.

    As a result, each Belgian pays 119 euros more per year to account for the deficit, reports DH on Thursday, based on a Checkpoint Systems survey.

    The survey – conducted by the American company Checkpoint Systems – notes that while the number of thefts is stable or decreasing in most European countries, this is not the case in Belgium. Last year, Belgian traders even saw a resurgence of the phenomenon.

    The reasons for the growth include shoplifting, but also theft by staff and fraudulent acts by suppliers, as well as non-specific criminal acts.

    “The high rate of in-store crime in our country, led by the provinces of Antwerp, Liege and Hainaut, means that every Belgian has to pay 119 euros more per year in-store, 30 euros more than the average European,” said Dominique Reumers of Checkpoint Systems.

    Jules Johnston
    The Brussels Times