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Supermarket customers are far more comfortable with theft when using self-service check-outs

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August 5, 2016

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Research form the United Kingdom has suggested that supermarket customers are far more comfortable with theft when using self-service check-outs. It certainly seems from the research that people using the checkouts are quite happy to not scan certain items, or perhaps scan them as a cheaper item. Interestingly, theft through self-service checkouts was almost triple the rate of theft on the shop floor. It may well be the case that people who intend to steal are targeting the self-serve checkouts as being a “weak point” in the supermarket’s system. However the […]


Theft from employer

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June 9, 2016

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Matters of theft and fraud from a person’s workplace are treated very seriously by the courts, as a recent ACT Supreme Court case shows. The recent judgment by Justice Burns involved a person who admitted taking more than $1.4 million in eight separate transactions over a 15-month period. As the employer was a Federal Government agency, the eight charges of theft were brought under the Commonwealth Criminal Code. Each carried a maximum prison term of 10 years. There are many related charges, under Commonwealth, and state and territory law, to cover […]


ACT Infringement Notice changes

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April 11, 2016

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You might be familiar with the infringement-notice system for certain traffic matters. Where years ago you had to go to court for just about everything, including minor speeding matters for instance having smooth tyres or even a vehicle that created “undue noise”, now we have a relatively comprehensive system of traffic-infringement notices, issued on the spot by police. These allow, simply by the payment of the relevant fine, for the disposal of the matter. No longer do so many minor matters, most often speeding tickets, clog the courts – and force […]


Theft and Intention

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February 18, 2016

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A case came across my desk this week in which the question of a person's intention in theft cases reared its interesting head. The case involved a piece of property that was taken. It didn't belong to the person who took it, and the person knew this. One week later, this person returned the property. In fact, it seems to have been returned in better condition than when the property was taken. Police charged this person with theft. There was more to the story than that. But it still raises the […]

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