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Scandinavians dishonest for millions. The tendency to ‘half inch’ (pinch/steal in Cockney rhyming slang) costs artists and shops dearly, surveys show. Intellectual and physical property worth hundreds of millions is disappearing online and off the shop shelves. It is estimated 15 million films, and up to 40 million single TV series episodes have been downloaded this year in Norway alone. Downloads of entire seasons of series are some 10 million.

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Scandinavians dishonest for millions

Published on Thursday, 19th December, 2013 at 09:38 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 21st December 2013 at 11:24.

The tendency to ‘half inch’ (pinch/steal in Cockney rhyming slang) costs artists and shops dearly, surveys show.

Some leather handbags in a shop
Not all gifts under the Christmas trees in Norwegian homes may have been bought.Some leather handbags in a shop
Photo: S12morela/Wikimedia Commons


"Go on, punk..."

Intellectual and physical property worth hundreds of millions is disappearing online and off the shop shelves.

It is estimated 15 million films, and up to 40 million single TV series episodes have been downloaded this year in Norway alone. Downloads of entire seasons of series are some 10 million.

“They’re formidable numbers,” says Willy Johansen, general secretary of industry organisation and distributor Norsk Videogramforening.

Publication Teknisk Ukeblad also reports Norway comes second when it comes to pilfering in Scandinavia. Denmark is bottom, Sweden top. The tri-nation survey was conducted amongst several thousand 15 to 65-year-olds.

Another poll, carried out by the UK’s Centre for Retail Research’s (CRR) Global Retail Theft Barometer (2011 last-available figures) this time, shows Scandinavian stealing is not just internet-based either.

Shoplifters

12,000 shops surveyed in four of five Nordic Countries report they find people in Sweden the most dishonest. Norway also came second here, with Denmark third and Finland fourth.

Quoting this poll, NRK reports goods worth some 790 million Norwegian kroner vanish from shops during Norway’s Christmas Season.*

Goods that Norway light-fingered thieves favour the most are alcohol, electronics and electrical goods, computer games, and DVD gift sets.

Women's clothing and fashion accessories, perfume, health and beauty gift packs, toiletries for men, watches, jewellery, food, chocolate and confectionary, toys, and Christmas decorations also make the list.

Hiding goods in prams, specially-designed bags, or under clothes people are wearing are some of the methods used to steal goods.

“Many of those who steal might think that shops’ earnings are large enough and that some items that go missing do not have any major consequences for the shops,” says Roy Tuhus, Nordic director for product management and business development at security company Infratek Sikkerhet.

Christmas crime

Shop-lifting accounts for about 70 per cent of the 790 million kroner losses. This equals some 555 million kroner. Men between 25 and 35 make up the largest proportion of this group of pilferers.

According to Mr Tuhus, thinking thefts do not matter to shops “is extremely wrong”, as competition is getting tougher for many shops.

He also believes people’s moral values have changed in recent times.

“We observe that an increasing number don’t see buying stolen goods or stealing items to put under the Christmas tree as gifts to family and friends as a problem,” explains Mr Tuhus explains.

*Since this figure was published, business and employees' organisation the Enterprise Federation of Norway (Virke), has said they calculate the shoplifting figure to be 355 million.

(Editor’s note: Population figures for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden are about 5.6, 5, and 9.5 million, respectively).




Published on Thursday, 19th December, 2013 at 09:38 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 21st December 2013 at 11:24.

This post has the following tags: norwayshopping, crimenorway.


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