"[Store security] are catching shoplifters who from their appearance you would not expect to steal, and whose demeanour when caught show them to be different to your typical shoplifter," Matthews said. "These amateurs also tend to be caught by fairly basic security equipment, whereas career criminals would be able to avoid that."
Matthews said items taken include "high end cheeses and meats" – which he attributes to people stealing to maintain a quality of life they can no longer afford. "We are seeing more instances than before of amateur thieves stealing goods for their own personal use rather than to sell on."I say good on 'em, as long as I get invited to the wine and cheese party. I love hot cheese.