Every German steals that much in retail

A lot is stolen in Germany: in 2019, goods worth almost four billion euros disappeared. Statistically speaking, every German has stolen something worth 30 euros.

Goods worth EUR 3.75 billion were stolen from German retailers last year. This means that more was stolen than in the previous year, according to a study published on Tuesday by the Cologne-based commercial research institute EHI.

If you include organizational errors such as incorrect price tags in the theft losses, retailers missed around 4.4 billion euros in 2019. That is around five percent more than in the previous year.

Customers accounted for around two-thirds of theft in sales, the rest being caused by criminal employees or suppliers. “From a purely statistical point of view, every person in Germany steals a value of just under EUR 30 a year,” said EHI expert Frank Horst, according to a message.

According to the police, the number of unreported cases is very high

The trade misses around one percent of its sales due to the deficits. Security and theft prevention expenses, including around 1.3 percent. The thieves are also expensive for the state: they lose around 510 million euros a year because VAT revenue for the stolen goods is missing.

By contrast, according to police crime statistics, the shoplifting reported has decreased by around four percent in the past year. According to statistics, simple shoplifting has been declining for years, while serious theft has increased significantly. However, the number of unreported cases is more than 98 percent.

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