Following the Release of the Association of Convenience (ACS) crime report last week, the Crimestoppers charity has confirmed it will be continuing its partnership with the ACS.

Crimestoppers and ACS have been working together since 2010, primarily focusing on supporting law enforcement with appeals for information on incidents that have occurred against convenience store staff.

Rodger Holden, Crimestoppers director of development, said: “Partnerships such as this with ACS are crucial in tackling business crime and I am pleased that we are able to extend this relationship for a fifth year.

“During this partnership crimes against convenience stores have slowly decreased, and our hope is that this trend will continue in response to the work we carry out, and with the support of the public.”

James Lowman, ACS chief executive, said: “Despite the success of investment in crime prevention measures, our sector still has to deal with £35m worth of goods being taken from shelves.

“Shop theft is a gateway offence that can lead to much more serious crime, so it’s essential that these people are taken seriously by the justice system.”