The Fed, alongside 87 other retail leaders, signed a letter to Home Secretary Suella Braverman, demanding that action be taken on the rise of retail crime.
The letter, headed by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), outlines the huge levels of violence shown to retail staff, with over 850 incidents of violence and abuse taking place daily according to the latest statistics from 2021/2022. The BRC also found that retail crime had cost the retail industry a grand total of £1.76 billion.
A separate BRC survey also found that shoplifting in ten major cities had increased by 27% in 2023.
The letter demands that the Government take two major steps to support the retail industry against this crime:
- The Government must create a standalone offence of assaulting or abusing a retail worker, with tougher sentences for offenders. The police must record all incidents of retail crime too so resources can be allocated better.
- A greater prioritisation of retail crime by police forces across the UK.
You can find the contents of the letter and the other supporters here.
We are also running our Safe, Secure, Supported campaign calling for government grants to fund security measures for small businesses. For more details on the campaign and to sign our petition, click on the following link to access our landing page Safe Secure Supported – The Fed (thefedonline.com).