IT may not be a surprise to some people that shoplifting has increased at a time when more people are losing their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet.
However, while the economic climate may be an explanation for the increase in the crime in Glasgow it is certainly no justification.
Most people are affected in some way by the recession, whether they are in work or not, through a combination of rising prices and pressure on wages making household budgets tighter.
The law abiding majority however, do not suddenly think it is acceptable to help themselves to what would otherwise be paid for.
Shoplifting also affects us all and contrary to the opinion of thieves it is not just multi-billion pound profit generating companies that lose a few pounds.
If it hits their profits the cash will be recouped though price increases somewhere and extra security measure put in place to deter thieves are an added cost to the business.
As retail is one of the biggest employers in Glasgow any job loses as a result of these pressures hits hard working families and the price rises are another burden to bear.
Shoplifting is not a victimless crime and in no way should it be encouraged or condoned.