Retailers have been urged to share their experiences of store crime over the past 12 months.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called on retailers to outline the number of staff theft, burglaries, robberies, till snatches, physical violence and anti-social behaviour incidents that have taken place over the last year in its latest crime survey.

The survey also asks the percentage of crimes that go unreported as well as what retailers think should be the priority for the new Police and Crime Commissioners and how much has been invested in crime prevention measures over the last 12 months.

The ACS hopes to use this evidence to communicate the true impact of crime on local shops. The evidence from the survey will be submitted to the Home Office and used to inform the work of the National Retail Crime Steering Group.

ACS chief executive James Lowman stressed the importance of retailers submitting to the survey. “The evidence we gather in this crime survey is fundamental to informing our policy in the coming year,” he said. “We want to find ways to prevent, detect and deter crime and we need support from government, police and communities to do this.”

Retailers can respond to the survey here.