The Scottish Retail Consortium is to push for more effective ways of tackling youth crime after new figures reveal 31% of Scots shoplifters are under 18. SRC director Patrick Browne said: "This is a much higher figure than the 22% detained across the UK as a whole. The SRC is calling for an education programme so young people realise shoplifting is not a victimless offence." SRC's first ever retail Crime Survey reveals retail crime cost £181m in Scotland in 2000, including £54m spent by retailers on security. Scots retailers spend an average of £2,161 on crime prevention per outlet, almost double the £1,076 UK average. But the survey suggests average cost of customer theft is £45 in Scotland compared to £100 in the UK. {{NEWS }}