Retail leaders sign letter to home secretary urging action on rising crime

Person shoplifting from a store

Around 90 retail leaders in the UK have signed a letter to the home secretary, Suella Braverman, demanding a crackdown on retail crime.

The rate of retail crime is on the up, with the 2023 British Retail Consortium (BRC) Crime Survey revealing that incidents of violence and abuse towards staff almost doubled on pre-pandemic levels to 867 incidents every day in 2021/22.

Retailers have spent more than £700m on crime prevention, but the scale of retail theft stood at £953m. The total cost of retail crime came to £1.76bn for the 12-month period to April.

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