Theft of milk is becoming an ever-increasing problem

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In response to the Spalding Guardian article on September 29 (pictured right), we at The Capital Dairy Company are finding that, sadly, theft of milk is becoming an ever increasing problem.

In response to the Spalding Guardian article on September 29, we at The Capital Dairy Company are finding that, sadly, theft of milk is becoming an ever increasing problem.

We deliver to approximately 5,500 doorsteps across South Lincolnshire including the area of Whaplode mentioned in your article.

We have recently been experiencing very large volumes of milk being stolen, especially in the Spalding area.

Where possible, we always attempt to replace – at no extra cost to the customer – any stolen milk that is reported to us by our customers. However, we know that many incidents are unreported to us.

Like the residents in Whaplode in your article, many of our customers are elderly and rely heavily on the local milkman delivering their milk fresh to their doorstep.

We also deliver many other items to our customers who simply cannot get out to the shops. This service proves invaluable to many people.

However, with the increase in thefts from the doorstep, despite our best efforts to try to hide the milk elsewhere or change our delivery times, we are finding that a lot of customers are being forced to cancel their deliveries.

The doorstep delivery service is already a declining industry with much competition from supermarkets.

However, we have many loyal customers who have continued to support us for many years, but even they are finding it difficult to stay with us, especially when the goods that they are buying from us are being stolen from their doorsteps.

Unfortunately, this problem is not just confined to our doorstep customers.

We are also finding that a number of schools are also having their milk stolen from their premises before the caretakers arrive to bring the milk in each morning.

The only advice which we can offer our customers who are subject to theft from their doorstep is to report it to the local police.

With enough people complaining, the police will hopefully be able to patrol the areas and catch the thieves.

To the thieves, all we can do is reiterate the words of the residents of Whaplode – please consider the consequences of your actions before stealing milk from outside people’s houses or schools.

Please think about the people – often elderly or young children who will have to go without because of you.

Carl Manning

Area Manager

Capital Dairy Company