The Federation of Independent Retailers (NFRN) has welcomed the news that the House of Commons’ Home Affairs Committee has today (December 18) launched an inquiry into abuse and violence towards retail workers.
NFRN National President Stuart Reddish said: “Violence is an unacceptable part of daily life for too many independent retailers. I get calls from hundreds of members who are crime victims.
“The impact of retail crime can be devastating and long-lasting – not just in terms of physical injuries but on anxiety and stress too. The NFRN welcomes this inquiry and we look forward to working with the Home Affairs Committee.”
The committee said the inquiry will “focus specifically on the police response to reported incidents, and the calls for a new aggravated offence.”
It added that a public survey will be launched for people who have experienced violence or abuse in the course of their work, to get a picture of what happens after an incident is reported.
Mr Reddish added that he would be encouraging NFRN crime victims to participate in this survey.