Recently in Parliament I have raised concerns about shop theft.
New research indicates that were a staggering 38 million incidents of shop theft last year.
We all want our town and city centres to be safe community spaces that we can enjoy but when we hear about theft or violence that undermines our feeling of safety. It leaves people feeling nervous or even scared to go into town and takes away an important shared space.
Of course it’s bad for business. Not just in money or stock lost in the theft itself but in the customers pushed away. When the retail sector is already facing such big challenges theft can have a huge impact on a shop’s chances of survival.
It’s bad for shop workers who find themselves at risk of threats and violence in the workplace. This is something that nobody should have to face.
This type of crime can often be linked to issues like substance abuse, with people stealing to get cash quickly. So we need to look at the root causes and make sure our police and justice system is addressing these issues.
I am one of 19 MPs to date to sign an Early Day Motion calling on the Government to address the root causes of shop theft, and I have asked questions on the matter to Government Ministers. You can find these in full below.