retail crime

Crimes against retailers and wholesalers continue to rise year on year, driven mostly by increases in theft by customers, show latest Home Office figures.

The 2018 Commercial Victimisation Survey, published today, found that 40 percent of premises in the wholesale and retail sector experienced a crime in the most recent survey compared with 53 percent in the 2012 survey.

The survey also found that retailers who experience crime are being targeted more often than in previous years. The rate of repeat victimisation has risen from 32 incidents per premises in 2012 to 69 per premises in the current survey.

The number of assaults and threats experienced by those in the wholesale and retail sector have also increased, survey shows.

Responding to the figures, the Association of Convenience Stores has called for a more targeted approach to dealing with repeat offenders.

“These findings show that businesses are being repeatedly targeted by criminals that are not only committing thefts, but are also being abusive and violent towards retailers and their staff. We need targeted action to deal with repeat offenders who are currently being all but ignored by the justice system,” said James Lowman, chief executive of the ACS.