In a statement released last Wednesday, the police stressed that shop theft is a serious offence punishable with jail of up to seven years and a fine.

They also advised retailers to take the following measures against shop theft:

l Display expensive items in locked display shelves accessible only by the staff.

l If it is not feasible to lock these items, use empty boxes and cans instead of the real merchandise.

l Enhance the store's security system by installing CCTV cameras and convex mirrors. Ensure that the CCTV cameras are in good working condition.

l Use an electronic tagging system.

l Display advisory signage or warnings against shop theft at prominent locations.

l Advise all staff to be observant and vigilant.