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The Federation of Independent Retailers (the Fed) has welcomed the announcement of the Retail Crime Action Plan.

This was announced yesterday by Policing Minister Chris Philp as he met with senior police leaders and 13 of the UK’s biggest retailers at 10 Downing Street. 

Following the announcement, the Fed’s National President Muntazir Dipoti said:  

“The Retail Crime Action Plan sets a clear precedent that the police are going to take any criminal action against businesses more seriously. Small businesses have a lot to look forward to with this announcement. 

“Retail crime is not a victimless crime, and we have campaigned for years for the police to take action. We are happy to see that action is now being taken.” 

Commissioned by the Minister, the plan commits the police to urgently attend any shoplifting incident where a shopworker faces violence, a suspect is detained, or attendance is needed to collect evidence. This is followed by the police reaffirming their pledge to follow up on any reasonable lead. 

The plan also sets out guidelines for retailers on how to provide the best possible evidence to police, reinforcing the importance of clear CCTV images. These images will be run through the Police National Database, using facial recognition technology to better identify and prosecute offenders.  

A new specialist police team will also be established to better tackle the organised crime gangs who are responsible for many of the shop crime incidents.  

Lead for Acquisitive Crime at the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), Amanda Blakeman, said:  

“Dealing with retail crime requires a multi-faceted approach and through the launch of Pegasus, plus the Retail Crime Action Plan, we have bolstered the policing response to tackling offenders and supporting retailers in reducing shoplifting and attacks on retail staff. 

“We welcome the collaboration between retailers, police and crime commissioners and policing through Project Pegasus which centralises intelligence and enhances our ability to identify and tackle the groups involved.” 

Chris Philp, who chaired yesterday’s meeting, said: 

“While it is encouraging to see a 29% increase in charges for shoplifting in the past year, the rise in offending is unacceptable and there is much more to do to stop it happening in the first place. 

“That’s why we’re taking action and bringing together government, policing and business to commit to smarter, more joined up working when it comes to retail crime, which will help to drive down criminal behaviour and rebuild public confidence in the police response when it does occur.” 

 You can find details of the Retail Crime Action plan here, which includes guidance from the police on how to report any crimes in-store. 

With the police encouraging retailers to use good quality CCTV images when reporting crime, we call for financial support to smaller businesses that cannot afford these measures. Our campaign for the creation of a £1,500 grant for small businesses to fund security measures would aid the police in catching these organised crime gangs and repeat offenders. Please click here to sign.

 

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