Close
 

Police target rising retail theft in Canterbury

  • News
  • July 17, 2015
  • Elly Strang
Police target rising retail theft in Canterbury

The loss to retailers in the region equates to about $250,000 a day.

Acting senior sergeant Huata Martindale says retail theft in Canterbury has been on the rise in the past five years.

Thefts are occurring particularly often in July and August, which coincides with the school holidays.

To combat this, police have launched a month long operation called “Operation Shop”, which involves doing high-visibility patrols in shopping centres and malls in the area.

They’ve also been working with businesses on steps they can take to prevent their businesses from being a target.

Martindale says retailers have been consulting with police and security providers throughout the year and have installed prevention systems, such as CCTV.

“This, combined with adopting other strategies to prevent opportunistic crime, has a positive benefit on a business’s bottom line,” Martindale says.

“The timely reporting of thefts allows police and retailers to monitor social media and online forums and take steps that could not only lead to offenders being identified but help prevent the on-sale of stolen goods.”

In the first two weeks of the operation, police arrested and charged over 75 people with dishonesty offences.

Some of the offenders were youths, who were then referred on to Youth Services.

Some of the charges stemmed from historical complaints.

Two women aged 18 and 22 appeared in the Christchurch District Court earlier this month after police were alerted by mall security to a shoplifting incident.

Popular items to steal in the Canterbury region include clothing, electronics, groceries and meat.

Martindale says a national retailer who is regularly targeted for the theft of meat said they’d seen a significant decrease in stock loss since the operation begun.

He says it’s not unusual to see the stolen food, such as meat, pop up for sale on social media sites.

“Police encourage the community to report these posts and only purchase meat and groceries from reputable sources,” Martindale says.

He says retailers are also using cloud-based applications as a social network to share information amongst themselves about incidents, trends and active offenders.

This helps out both small, privately owned shops with low stock volumes as well as larger retailers, he says.

This is the second year the Canterbury Police have implemented Operation Shop.

Martindale told Stuff earlier this month that by the end of the first week of the operation, retail theft decreased 15 percent.

He said this meant $270,000 worth of goods stayed on shelves.

Police are encouraging members of the public to come forward if they see suspicious behaviour in and around shops and malls.

They are advised to alert staff, security or the police if they see anything.

This can also be done anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

​ ​

This is a community discussion forum. Comment is free but please respect our rules:

  1. Don’t be abusive or use sweary type words
  2. Don’t break the law: libel, slander and defamatory comments are forbidden
  3. Don’t resort to name-calling, mean-spiritedness, or slagging off
  4. Don’t pretend to be someone else.

If we find you doing these things, your comments will be edited without recourse and you may be asked to go away and reconsider your actions.
We respect the right to free speech and anonymous comments. Don’t abuse the privilege.

 

Military-style semi-automatics ban announced

  • News
  • March 21, 2019
  • The Register team
Military-style semi-automatics ban announced

As of 3pm on March 21, a wide range of semi-automatic weapons have been reclassified under section 74A(c) of the Arms Act as requiring an E endorsement on a firearms license. This means they can no longer be sold to those with A-category gun licenses, and their purchase now requires police approval.

Read more
 
 

Retailers gather for insights at NZ Retail and The Register's breakfast

  • News
  • March 21, 2019
  • The Register
Retailers gather for insights at NZ Retail and The Register's breakfast

NZ Retail and The Register’s sales and marketing breakfast saw dozens of Kiwi retailers come together to network, sharing tips and tricks and absorbing expert advice.

Read more
 
 

Who stole Christmas?

  • News
  • March 21, 2019
  • Kelly Withers
Who stole Christmas?

Results are starting to trickle in from Christmas 2018/2019, and for many retailers, they're a little disappointing. Paydar chief executive and co-founder Kelly Withers explores the data.

Read more
 

Social scoreboard

Zavy and The Register have worked together to create a scoreboard that compares how the top 25 traditional media advertising spenders in New Zealand have performed on social media over the past 30 days, updated in real time.

 
topics
Concept to closet
Business coverage of New Zealand Fashion Week.
Town centres
A positive retail environment over the past 12 ...
Amazon Arrival
Keeping up with all things Amazon as it ...
The Retail Yearbook 2017
As we battle our way through the busiest ...
Hospitality enhancing retail
Some think food and integrated hospitality offerings will ...
The future is bright
We spoke with four retailers in their twenties ...
Spotlight on signage
At first glance, the humble in-store sign might ...
Red Awards 2016
The Red Awards for retail interior design celebrate ...
Auckland Unitary Plan
Auckland is changing. The Unitary Plan will decide ...
How to open a store
Sarah Dunn considers what it would take to ...
All things to all people
Kiwi retailers share their omnichannel strategies.
Rising stars
Retail's top young achievers.
Delivering on your promises
The sale isn't over until your item is ...
Retail in heartland New Zealand
Retailers keep the regions pumping, but how strong ...
Sisterhood
Women in retail help one another. We spoke ...
The changing face of retail
Shifting demographics are creating big changes in New ...
The retail yearbook
With the help of experts in the retail ...
Retail rogues
We put the spotlight on staff training. Jai ...
Here come the giants
Topshop has arrived in Auckland’s CBD, David Jones ...
Window shopping: A spotlight on social media
Sarah Dunn and Elly Strang look at how ...
From retail to e-tail
Ecommerce has become part of the way mainstream ...
Loyalty in the digital age
How are retailers maintaining loyalty? Sarah Dunn, Elly ...
The Innovators | In partnership with Spark Business
Technology is rapidly changing the retail industry as ...
 

Chinese businesspeople raise millions for Christchurch victims

  • News
  • March 21, 2019
  • Radio New Zealand
Chinese businesspeople raise millions for Christchurch victims

A group of visiting Chinese businesspeople have raised $2.35 million for victims of the Christchurch mass shooting.

Read more
 
 
News

The Retail NZ Awards: What does it take to be a winning retailer?

Take this time to shine with the upcoming Retail NZ awards, a chance to show the retail industry what makes your business stand out. No ...

 

Hunting & Fishing New Zealand voluntarily pulls military-style assault weapons from sale

  • News
  • March 20, 2019
  • Sarah Dunn
Hunting & Fishing New Zealand voluntarily pulls military-style assault weapons from sale

In the wake of the attack on Christchurch’s Muslim community on March 15, strong calls for changes to New Zealand’s gun last have been made. Trade Me was the first retailer to act, halting the sale of all semi-automatic weapons on its platform, and it has now been joined by Hunting & Fishing New Zealand.

Read more
 
Next page
Results for
Topics
Jobs
About us.

The Register provides essential industry news and intelligence, updated daily. And the digital newsletter delivers the latest news to your inbox twice a week — for free!

©2009–2015 Tangible Media. All rights reserved.
Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy policy.

Advertise
The Register

editor@theregister.co.nz

Content marketing/advertising? Email anita.hayhoe@icg.co.nz or call 022 639 3004

View Media Kit

}