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B.C. by the numbers

Shoplifting is a bigger problem in B.C. than in other provinces.

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Police reported 61 incidents of shoplifting items valued at more than $5,000 in B.C. last year, accounting for a fifth of all such incidents in Canada.

Another 21,552 shoplifting cases (of items valued at $5,000 or less) were reported, a quarter of the national total (86,808), giving B.C. the highest rate (520 incidents per 100,000 population) among the provinces. The national rate was 274.

Seventy-three per cent of these cases were cleared by charge or otherwise in B.C.; nationally the clearance rate was 80 per cent.

— Statistics Canada

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