Retailers unite with authorities to target UK forecourt theft

The Home Office Forecourt Crime Steering Group has published new guidance

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Shop theft climbs to highest volume since 2003

Shop theft climbs to highest volume since 2003

25 Jan 2017 | By Simon Banks

Shop theft has increased annually by 5% according to the Office for National Statistics, the highest volume since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in 2003. 

Merseyside police

Merseyside police clamp down on Christmas retail crime

16 Nov 2016 Updated: 18 Nov 2016 | By Simon Banks

Retailers in Merseyside have been given additional support from police to protect their businesses from retail crime in the run-up to Christmas.


Alcohol and tobacco tax gaps prompt calls for action

21 Oct 2016 | By Robin Mannering

Official figures have revealed that the combined alcohol and tobacco tax gaps totalled £3.6bn in 2015, prompting renewed calls for tougher sanctions for retailers selling illicit products.

Facewatch app on phone

New partnership seeks to put brakes on forecourt crime

28 Sep 2016 | By Gaelle Walker

National crime-reporting platform Facewatch has partnered with payment recovery firm Forecourt Eye in a bid to crack down on record levels of theft from petrol forecourts.

Tara's News in High Wycombe was broken into for the first time in 18-years

Retailer issues social media ultimatum to thieves

26 Sep 2016 | By Simon Banks

Retailer Raaj Chandarana successfully turned to social media to help him offer shoplifters a chance of redemption.

Illicit tobacco

Harsher penalties urged as illicit tobacco grows

13 Sep 2016 | By Gaelle Walker

An urgent review of illicit trade sanctions and sentencing is being called for after a new Trading Standards report revealed a steep rise in illicit tobacco seizures and high levels of repeat offending.

C-store’s satisfied with local policing

Retailers welcome improving local policing standards

05 Sep 2016 | By Simon Banks

Retailers are painting an improving picture of local policing, which has been echoed by a high-profile new report on standards.

Counterfeit tax labels

Fraudulent retailer 'king pin' sentenced for crimes

01 Sep 2016 | By Gaelle Walker

A Glasgow convenience store owner, exposed as the “king-pin” in an illicit alcohol supply ring, has been sentenced for his crimes at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

gantry removal

Convicted illicit tobacco retailer has gantry removed

25 Aug 2016 | By Gaelle Walker

A Grimsby retailer convicted of possessing illegal tobacco has had his tobacco gantry removed by Imperial Tobacco.

underage sale, test purchase

Budget cuts force trading standards to stop vital work

19 Aug 2016 | By Gaelle Walker

Budget pressures are forcing a number of trading standards services across Great Britain to axe vital work on counterfeit and intellectual property crime, along with age restricted sales.

Asad Shah

Man jailed for murder of Glasgow store owner

09 Aug 2016 | By Robin Mannering

A man who admitted to the religiously-motivated murder of Glasgow store owner Asad Shah has been jailed for life.

illicit tobacco sale

Majority of smokers buy tobacco from 'non shop' sources

08 Aug 2016 | By Gaelle Walker

More than 70% of smokers are now buying tobacco from ‘non shop’ sources such as the internet, abroad, car boot sales and friends and family, as they seek to avoid inflated legitimate prices.


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Sam Coldbeck

Teaching the mults

21 Feb 2017 | By Samantha Coldbeck

The multiples can learn a lot from independents about responsible retailing, Sam argues.

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