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Stroud supermarket set up ‘confidential hotline’ to report shoplifting with £500 reward


A Stroud supermarket is offering customers a £500 reward to help them catch shoplifters in their stores.

Home Bargains, which has a store at the Five Valleys Shopping Centre, has launched a confidential hotline for customers to report information about shoplifting and crime at their stores. It has also put up posters offering customers a reward of up to £500 if they give a tip-off that leads to prosecution, according to The Telegraph.

The retail chain’s crackdown on shoplifting comes after police recorded a total of 275,076 shoplifting offences in England and Wales last year, up 24 per cent when compared with the previous 12 months. The cost of living crisis, which has seen energy bills and food prices soar, has been blamed for the rise.

Potential shoplifters have been warned by Home Bargains that all of its locations have CCTV cameras and that anyone discovered stealing will be prosecuted, either by police or by civil action brought by the retailer.

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