‘Time to address crime or face a US-style retail flight from troubled towns’

Person shoplifting in a store

Right across the retail spectrum, from value shops to department stores, indies to chains, the blight of crime is increasingly being felt.

In some places, staff are as likely to be wearing bodycams as name badges, such is the scale of the problem and the threat to property and safety.

This week, Primark parent ABF’s chief executive George Weston urged: “Those who are responsible for law and order need to help us get on top of this.”

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