Cleveland Police say that the rise in crime is also partly down to theft.
Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts said:
"There's an increase in shoplifting. It's not luxury goods."We've had people stealing a single tin of baked beans, which is reallysomething we haven't seen a lot of. It is clearly linked to recessionaryimpact, although there is no excuse for crime."
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