Shopowners in South Yorkshire are among the most likely to be victims of shoplifting in the country with the county's police force recording the equivalent of 33 incidents per day.
South Yorkshire Police received 12,080 reports of shoplifting between April 2017 and March 2018 - the ninth highest number in the country.
Figures complied by the British Retail Consortium and online marketplace OnBuy.com showed that there were a staggering 378,725 incidents across all 42 police forces in England and Wales.
Det Chief Insp Lee Berry said: “Across South Yorkshire we work closely with our partners and local businesses to implement targeted plans in areas where there have been an increase in reports of theft, provide crime prevention advice and work to identify and bring offenders responsible before the courts.
“Throughout the year we continuously carryout specialist operations in response to trends identified and local neighbourhood officers conduct regular high visibility patrols to provide reassurance and further deter this type of criminality.
“We also have dedicated crime prevention officers, who work with our local authority partners to visit and raise awareness of extra safety measures businesses can take to increase security.
“As well as working with business owners, PCSOs hold regular engagement events to address community concerns and provide crime prevention advice to members of the public.
“This action has resulted in a decrease in reports of theft in comparison to last year, and whilst I appreciate there hasn’t been a large reduction, I hope it demonstrates our continued commitment to reducing and preventing all types of theft.”
“Shoplifting and theft is not only disruptive and distressing for business owners, it also causes distress to our local communities and I would like to offer my reassurance that this will not be tolerated.
The 2017/18 figure was down on the previous year - from 12,142 offences while the Metropolitan Police recorded a total of 46,840 offences during the same period - the equivalent of 128 incidents a day in London.