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Shutdown of theft and theft matters

Nowadays the police has the right to decline reports that cost too much money or impose imprisonment less than 3 months. Petit larceny is the same as theft but minor classified considering the lower value and other circumstances. The limits for petit larceny vary though normally up to a value of 1000 SEK.

It is difficult to predict the extent of thefts on the basis of statistics as many thefts will never be detected. Special studies concerning loss in stores have proved that only five to ten percent of all thefts have been detected and reported.

A school-age screening performed by Brotts Förebyggande Rådet (BRÅ) showed that every third ninth grader had stolen something last year .

By far the most preffered products to steal are everyday utensils that are of high value and easy accessible such as sweets, shaving accessories and batteries and much more (according to industry organization Svensk Handel)

In the year 2017 45.600 thefts had been reported to the police. In more than 46 percent of the cases only one case had been detected and reported to the police, the convict had confessed or a person had not been accused as in some cases more than one offence in the same context was associated.

It is significant that only half of all reports to the police are detected. And the proportion of perpetrators is extremly small so that it is not even listed in the statistics.

Furthermore the value of stolen goods is below the magic limit of 60 SEK which implicates that the crime does not have to be retraced..

What is written about it in the code of law?

The main rule according to 23 kap. 1 § stage of procedurer implied, that a preliminary investigation will be initiated once there is reason for a crime. The preliminary investigation serves the purpose of investigation whether a crime has been committed and who the suspect is. However, there is exceptional cases regarding duty of preliminary investigation. Such an exception is the regulation of the preliminary investigation in 23 kap. 4 a § (Annex 1). This states that a preliminary investigation will not be initiated or put down:

  1. whether the sentence of crime does not exceed three months imprisonment and further investigations would be included as well as carries high costs with it (a so-called disproportional case).
  2. whether you can assume that there will not be an indictment for a crime on the basis of regulations of action for an injunction (case of omission) or a particular accusation (case of accusation).

A new product display for the Swedish market

-From now on theft-prone products can be displayed in a safe way!

Frepart has developed a new concept for product displays located in the checkout area that has been sold with great success for several years in Germany. Goods that have been difficult to display due to risk of theft can now kept both displayable, easily accessible and safe.

Frepart has developed a new concept for product displays for the Swedish market. The whole idea behind the concept is to be able to display theft-prone goods and at the same time keep them safe.


Apart from a good product exposure and greater safety you get from this new concept a unified and smart checkout area. An adaption to different product ranges is as simple as with conventional traditional product displays.

Long gone are the days when numerous lockable product displays had to be opened manually with lots of different keys. To be able to manoeuver the whole checkout zone can simplify work for the checkout staff.

The product display is divided in 2 sections. Close to the checkout and clearly separated from the rest of the product range is a section for nonprescription medicines. In the other section chocolate, instant coffee, shaving accessoires and condomes are placed. All products have a great sales value and high theft rate. A prototype is available in a Hemköp store.The product range in this display has been chosen by the store managers and Frepart has adjusted the equipment accordingly.


The product display is placed behind the conveyer belt.The products are located behind a glass pane which provides anti-theft protection and gives great exposure at the same time. By means of an electric motor the glass pane moves down when the display is opened and moves up when the display is closed. There is different alternatives available concerning opening/closing of the glass pane. It is easy to switch between the different alternatives.

Alternative 1- simple and easy of access

From now on theft-prone products can be displayed in a safe way!
The product display is opened when the checkout opens and is closed when the checkout closes. The manoeuvring is controlled by a key switch which is located at the checkout. When the product display is open the customer has access to products in the same way as with ordinary product shelf sections. When the checkout is closed the products are still displayable but impossible to steal. This alternative is applicable when there is only few customers in the store or a store is located in a low-risk area.

Alternative 2- Displayable products, high safety

The product display is equipped with a push button, easy of access for the customer. When the checkout opens the product display will be activated. The customer presses the button on request. The glass pane moves down and the customer can pick the relevant product. The glass pane closes automatically (time-controlled). The function is equipped with a clamping protection, meaning the glass pane stops when something is in the way. Once the checkout is closed the product display becomes inactive and cannot be opened by pressing the push button. This alternative ensures a greater safety. However the products are clearly displayed and easy to pick for the customer.

The development of the concept is continuing and the intention is to be able to use it on any other place inside the store and for different categories than the conventional goods that are usually displayed at checkout areas.

Frepart´s tobacco display inside a German checkout area, original draft for the new concept.

Frepart- checkout areas all over Sweden

Starting in the 90´s Frepart AB has worked with the development of selling product displays for theft-prone products. For several years tobacco displays have been dominant. Frepart has, among other things, launched the so-called overhead display to the Swedish market.

At the beginning of 2000 a new series of product displays for the German market commissioned by the cigarette manufacturer Reemtsma had been designed. The principle of the product display is built to place it behind the conveyer belt plus easy manoeuvring for the checkout staff while sitting by the checkout.

The main purpose of the product display is to reduce theft of tobacco products inside the store and at the same time keep the products displayed and easy to shop.The number of delivered product displays today exceeds 10.000 units.

Nowadays Frepart designs even product displays for product categories such as nonprescreption medicines, shaving accessoires etc. The basic idea of Frepart has always been to create product displays that combine product exposure with anti-theft safety. The goods are supposed to be displayable and easy to shop but difficult to steal.

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- Proposal made by government rejected

The government has had the plan to reduce tobacco consumption by prohibiting both exposure and self-service of Snus in stores. Fortunately for the industry the proposal was rejected by the riksdagen.

“As long as the goods are approved for sale on the market the customer has the right to enter a store and pick the relevant snus can, says spokesman of the nutrition committee Lars Hjälmered to Ica Nyheter“.

Especially minor stores, from which many are located in the countryside would have been hit particularly hard of such action. The costs for the retailers would have been too high. Distributors are of the opinion that politicians acted wisely by rejecting the proposal. This would have cost too much money to rebuild and have additional personnel for the stores.

Distributor´s concern

Such a prohibition on exposure and self-service would have led to large investments, increased workload and reduced sales.
To have self-service in stores nowadays is a great solution for both customer and store and even eliminates the risk of theft.

(Källa: Ica nyheter 14 december 2018)

Frepart supplies the major players

For many years we have had a good cooperation with a number of major players of the Snus industry. We have designed solutions and custom-made products at our customer´s option. Unique products that eliminate theft and contribute to higher sales, support both supplier and some individual stores regardless of size and position.

To protect your store against shoplifting is complicated. Awareness and education of your staff are key factors but that is not enough. Investments in anti-theft measures are also necessary.

Grocery stores and supermarkets have the largest amount of shrinkage

Every retailer has to deal with warehouse shrinkage and reduced revenues due to shrinkage. Supermarkets and grocery stores have the highest percentage of shrinkage. Shoplifting and theft committed by personnel stand for 77% of the total warehouse shrinkage worldwide…approx. 25% of thieves are children. Meat products, delicate cheese or healthcare products are among the most stolen products in the category food and beverages. But every store has small and premium products in its assortment which are popular as well by pickpockets.

Nonprofessional thieves tend to steal make-up, condoms and pregnancy tests

While there is professional criminals who steal and sell products on the blackmarket do ordinary people like teenagers, businessmen, single persons and even grandparents also steal. They say that 90% of us have stolen at least once in a lifetime. The nonprofessional thieves often steal minor products like make-up or candies. Other things like pregnancy tests and condoms are stolen as people in general are embarrassed of buying this kind of products.

The “blackmarket” asks for shaving products, nonprescription medicinal products and tobacco

Theft is a much bigger “business segment” than you can imagine with lots of thieves that resell “your” products to other less picky companies who then sell those things for a more favourable prices. Organized gangs are in search of products that are small, logically more expensive and can be sold with good profit.

Among the most stolen subjects are small products like shaving products, tobacco, nonprescription medicinal products, batteries and make-up products that are easy to hide. Shavers and razor blades have been among the most stolen product categories worldwide for many years.

Smart display solutions protect your products

Many stores are forced to remove expensive products from their shelves due to burglary. Huge losses lead in worst case to discontinue with these products  There is solutions on the market that can prevent you from removing your products.



First in, first out (FIFO)

First in, first out (FIFO) is an asset-management and valuation method in which the assets produced or acquired first are sold, used or disposed of first and may be used by an individual or a corporation. For taxation purposes, FIFO assumes that the assets that remain in inventory are matched to the assets that are most recently purchased or produced.The actual flow of inventory might not match the first in, first out model.

In other words, the oldest products are shown constantly at first in the product stand in order to get a smart rotation for the products.

Every year 6 billion SEK worth of goods are stolen from Swedish stores. This shows an increase of more than 30% compared to the year 2013. The majority of thefts is committed by criminals that systematically steal from Sweden´s dealers. That is the reason why dealers are forced to invest more in the safety of their stores. The average investment only for shop detectives and security staff amounts to 191.000 SEK per store. These facts were presented by the Swedish Trade Theft- and Loss report earlier this year.

– Shoplifting has become an increasing social problem that needs to be tackled in a serious manner. In certain areas stores are seen as self-service stores where it is nearly without any risk to take whatever you want without getting caught. It is about time that Justice stands up for Sweden´s dealers, says, Per Geijer, security chief of the Swedish Trade.

Organized crime

Meat, chocolate and coffee are among the most stolen goods in the merchandise trade. Facts show that most thefts are committed in the merchandise trade. According to dealers one third of all thefts are committed by people who steal one or a few items for their own use. The remaining two thirds of the total of thefts are committed by people who steal on a regular basis or by organized gangs who practice illegal trade.

– The image we have of only teenagers stealing a single Snickers in stores is totally wrong. Basically, it is about organized crime and systematic criminal dealing, says Per Geijer.

Dealers are forced to pay for basic safety

Reports show that dealers spend large amounts of money to protect their stores. More than four out of ten dealers (44%) have invested in safety features in the past years. Most of the money goes to hire shop detectives and security staff. In average every store amounts 191.000 SEK.

Apart from external thefts of 6 billion SEK, internal thefts that are committed by superiors and employees amount to 1,9 billion SEK. This means that the loss caused to the trading amounts to 7,9 billion SEK per year.

Another issue is a damage of 4,1 billion SEK caused to administrative loss. This can be things like accounting related mistakes, giving out wrong amount of change or products that can not be sold due to quality defect. The total amount of damage caused to the trading amounts to 12 billion SEK per year which equals 170.000 SEK per store.

Source:  Svensk Handel

In a new project, the Swedish police are now visiting retailers to teach store staff confronting shoplifters before checkout line, to stop crimes before they are committed.

Something must happen, the shoplifting rate is high and there is a lot of insecurity in the stores, “says Fredrik Kaati at the Södermalm police station.

Read more here: Polisen lär butikspersonal att stoppa snattare i tid – Fri Köpenskap (Swedish article)