Shop theft climbs to highest volume since 2003


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Shop theft climbs to highest volume since 2003

According to the Office for National Statistics, shop theft is increasing at a rate of 5% per annum, the highest volume since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard of 2003.



Figures from the BRC Retail Crime Survey has shown that amount of retail crime has cost the sector upwards of £660m between 2015-2016, despite ACS’s Crime Report suggesting that on average each store spends £1,379 on crime prevention measures each year. BCS’s Retail Crime Survey also indicate customer theft as the biggest risk, accounting to 75% of all retail crime.

James Lowman, Chief Executive of ACS, said: “Shop theft is a crime that needs to be taken seriously - as these figures show, theft is rising and we need the government and policy to make sure there is a robust response to shop theft, working closely with retailers.

“In light of these figures, we also reiterate our call for retailers to report every incident to ensure that retail crime does not go underreported. Convenience stores are at the heart of our communities and their safety and concerns for their livelihoods cannot be ignored.”

With a very strong presence within the sector and having built up a reputation for providing  skilled security officers specifically trained to work within the retail environment, stores can trust Cordant to minimise the risk of theft.

Cordant offer a range of security solutions including retail security personnel and store detectives, covert security, elite teams, civil recovery, bespoke retail and loss prevention training, risk assessment profiling and consultancy.  

Cordant currently provide security services across the UK to retailers such as Tesco, Matalan, Superdrug, NEXT as well as many others.

ACS will release the results of its 2017 Crime Survey on the 9th March at the Crime Seminar in London. The seminar will hear from industry experts about how to successfully tackle retail crime.

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