call their parents instead, police force says

The Telegraph -

The Telegraph—Police have told shop workers to call the parents of young shoplifters instead of dialling 999 amid concerns that they are being swamped by emergency calls, it has been claimed.

Retailers 'told to call the parents of shoplifters instead of the police'. A security worker claims a member of Devon and Cornwall Police told him they could no longer afford to respond to shoplifting claims unless the value stolen is more than £200.