Increase in shoplifting offences on busy Aberdeen street

George Street

Shoplifting on one of Aberdeen’s busiest streets has increased by almost 100 incidents since 2010.

New figures released by Police Scotland show crime overall has steadily increased on George Street, with 609 incidents recorded in 2014/15 compared to 505 in 2010/11.

The figures show a total of 302 incidents in 2014/15 were related to shoplifting – almost 50 more than the previous year.

The statistics show 234 shoplifting incidents occurred in 2012/13, 193 happened in 2011/12 while 218 thefts from shops were recorded in 2010/11.

Inspector Jim Hume, of Kittybrewster Community Policing Team, said: “George Street is a busy area within the city centre with a high number of shops, businesses and flats.

“As such, regular high visibility patrols are carried out in the area.

“Police also work closely with partner agencies and the community to address any concerns as well as monitor any ongoing issues.

“There has been a slight increase in some areas of reported crime, theft by shoplifting and vandalism being two such areas, however there has also been a noticeable increase in detection rates for these offences as well as across a number of other areas.

“Aberdeen is a safe city and we continue to encourage people to enjoy what is on offer in the centre but to do so in a safe and responsible manner.

“The Kittybrewster Policing Team will continue to provide the visible reassurance in the area and will also investigate all offences reported. Any concerns can be reported to police on 101.”

Other crimes for which figures were high in the area included vandalism, incidents relating to reckless damage, common theft, minor assault and threatening and abusive behaviour.

There was one case of abduction in 2013/14.