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However, the spike in shoplifting may now be contributing to soaring grocery bills, retailers warn.
Sonsa Markets Lorenzo Perrone said shoplifting had always been an issue.
“However, it has definitely increased in the past few months,” he said.
“It makes it a little harder because you have to raise the cost of goods because you to make up for the cost of that.”
While data suggests shoplifting dropped in recent years, experts say there is clearly a correlation between increasing cost of living expenses and theft numbers.
National Retail Association’s Dominique Lamb said retail crime is costing Australian businesses up to $9 billion a year.
But Lamb said in Victoria it was really over-represented in the numbers.
“The cost of retail crime to our retailers is growing,” Lamb said.
Melbourne’s CBD tops the list of the city’s shoplifting hotspots, followed by Preston and Frankston.
Malvern East, Prahran and Taylors Lakes are among the other suburbs where it’s the worst.