Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill

Written evidence from Ben Abbott (ASB 41)

I am writing to show that I do not favour your proposals to downgrade thefts under £200.

I understand completely that the prison system is stretched, that cuts are to be made and that pressure must be lifted but I believe this will have the adverse effect. Giving petty thieves a respite will simply encourage them to thieve more. It is widely accepted that taking low class drugs leads to taking more dangerous drugs – surely the same logic must be applied to shoplifting – petty thieves that can get away with it will not only destroy our high streets and steal any remaining retailer margins – but lead to a wider crime epidemic like that of the London riots.

July 2013

Prepared 12th July 2013