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London's shoplifting hotspots revealed

80 London businesses are falling victim to shoplifting and robbery every day.

A new report published by the London Assembly Tories reveals 28,889 reported robberies and thefts against London's businesses in 2013.

The top 3 boroughs are: Westminster, Croydon and Hammersmith & Fulham.

Shoppers on Oxford Street in London's West End Credit: PA Wire

Small businesses are the pillar of our high-streets, town centres and local communities, and contribute significantly to London's economy. Unfortunately, many are plagued with persistent crime such as theft and robbery.

Distributing DNA sprays, that cover criminals with a solution for a few days after the incident, would act as an effective deterrent. It would mean that the Met would save money, as if the crime doesn't happen in the first place, officers wouldn't need to spend their time on investigations and the court process.

– Roger Evans, report author and GLA Conservatives crime spokesman

Here are the total robberies for each London borough (highest to lowest)

  • WESTMINSTER: 3,044
  • CROYDON: 1,247
  • HAMMERSMITH AND FULHAM: 1,236
  • BROMLEY: 1,232
  • EALING: 1,152
  • HOUNSLOW: 1,130
  • KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA: 1,113
  • NEWHAM: 1,069
  • SOUTHWARK: 1,014
  • GREENWICH: 979
  • BARNET: 950
  • CAMDEN: 881
  • WANDSWORTH: 858
  • HILLINGDON: 816
  • KINGSTON UPON THAMES 784
  • WALTHAM FOREST: 773
  • LEWISHAM: 751
  • ENFIELD: 743
  • LAMBETH: 739
  • ISLINGTON: 706
  • BRENT: 702
  • HAVERING: 701
  • REDBRIDGE: 695
  • HARINGEY: 684
  • TOWER HAMLETS: 671
  • SUTTON: 662
  • BEXLEY: 643
  • HACKNEY: 598
  • MERTON: 573
  • BARKING AND DAGENHAM: 573
  • HARROW: 501
  • RICHMOND UPON THAMES: 488
  • HEATHROW AIRPORT: 181