Crime against convenience retailers cost the sector an estimated £232m, which equates to £4,600 per store, according to the (ACS) Association of Convenience Store’s Crime Report 2017.
Imperial Tobacco and the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) have joined forces to combat illicit trade with a new wholesale-focused instalment to the ‘Suspect it? Report it!’ Campaign.
Convenience stores are targeting fuel theft on the UK’s forecourts in a joint assault with the Home Office, police and the wider fuel industry.
The Scottish Grocers Federation (SGF) is exploring a new legislative approach to tackling violent crime against shop staff after it reported that a quarter of convenience stores regularly experience physical and verbal abuse
Under Age Sales is working in partnership with USDAW and the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) to lobby Parliament this year on introducing tougher sentences for those who commit violence against retailers after being asked for identification.
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.
Retailers in Merseyside have been given additional support from police to protect their businesses from retail crime in the run-up to Christmas.
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.
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.
Retailer Raaj Chandarana successfully turned to social media to help him offer shoplifters a chance of redemption.
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.
Retailers are painting an improving picture of local policing, which has been echoed by a high-profile new report on standards.
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