A STORE in the Quadrant Centre in Swansea is the most targeted by shoplifters in the South Wales Police area, according to new figures.
Boots in The Quadrant, Swansea was targeted 308 times between January 2011 and December last year.
Another shop which was in the top ten most targeted by shoplifters in our region was Debenhams in The Quadrant which was hit 197 times during the three years.
Ian Kirkpatrick, manager of Swansea's Quadrant shopping centre, said: "We all pay for this stealing through higher prices and it can contribute to shop closures, job losses and the resultant damage to town centres.
"Retail crime of this sort is a nationwide problem and the fact that a high number of offenders have been caught here is a testimony to the effectiveness of the prevention and detection measures we and our retailers have put in place."
Between January 2011 and December last year South Wales Police recorded 23,506 and charged more than 3,000 individuals in relation to 4,851 counts of alleged shoplifting.
South Wales Police assistant chief constable, Richard Lewis, warned people that officers would do all they could to bring shoplifters to justice.
He said: "Some people perceive that shoplifting is a victimless crime but they couldn't be more wrong. It affects a community significantly and if shops close or retailers leave through loss of earnings people will also start to lose their jobs."
A spokesman for Boots said: "We take shoplifting extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance approach to it in our stores.
"We invest significantly in crime prevention and have a number of measures in place across all stores. We are committed to continually improve our security measures."