British Retail Consortium (BRC) director general Stephen Robertson has called on police support to tackle retail crime with the launch of a new website.

The website, which aims to support retailers tackling crime, has been launched jointly by the BRC and the Association of Convenience Stores.

Called ‘Tackling Retail Crime Together’ the website aims to help retailers share best practice examples of how they are helping local communities and police services.

Case studies posted on the website show how retailers are helping to create safe and vibrant communities. It is hoped the police will use the information to make effective use of the support that retailers offer.

At the BRC’s Annual Retail Crime Conference, BRC director general Stephen Robertson said: “Retailers of all sizes are contributing to efforts to prevent crime and create safe neighbourhoods. They run projects to oversee offenders on community sentences and to provide resources for local beat officers, for example.

“Retailers are playing their part by investing time and money in crime prevention for the good of their local communities. The message this new website sends out to police and crime commissioners of the future is  - we expect you [police] to support us in that.”