The Office for National Statistics has reported a 15% increase in police recorded incidents of shoplifting in England and Wales over the last decade.
These shocking statistics reflect analysis by the British Retail Consortium which shows that 115 workers are attacked every day; research by The Association of Convenience Stores estimates there were almost 10,000 incidents of violence in convenience stores in the last 12 months; and a survey by Usdaw, the shopworkers union, revealed that on average a shopworker is abused, threatened or assaulted 21 times a year.
Shoplifting is on the rise and as well as the cost to businesses that puts shopworkers and the public at risk of violence. Too often we hear that the police aren’t able to respond to incidents of shoplifting and cases go uninvestigated, which only serves as further incentive to these petty criminals. The Government need to take public safety seriously and give our police the resources and extra officers they need protect our community.