ACS Calls on MPs to Introduce Tougher Measures to Tackle Theft and Abuse Against Retailers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is calling for amendments to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill to help the police and criminal justice system tackle repeat offending.

In evidence submitted to the Public Bill Committee on the PCSC Bill, ACS has called for the inclusion of the following measures:

  • Introduce tougher penalties for attacks on shopworkers, recognising their role in enforcing the law and supporting their communities
  • Ensure that the new system of cautions is effective in dealing with repeat shop theft offences

Figures from the 2021 ACS Crime Report show that there were over 1.1m incidents of theft over the last year, many of which committed by repeat offenders with a drug or alcohol addiction. The report also shows that there have been over 1.2m incidents of abuse over the last year, which often go unreported.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “This Bill is an important step toward taking much needed action to stop offenders repeatedly targeting convenience stores. Those who attack retailers and their colleagues must be dealt with properly through tougher sentences, and that shop theft is taken seriously by the justice system. These need to be tackled together, as challenging shop thieves is one of the biggest triggers of abuse and violence in stores”.

ACS has co-ordinated with over 100 retailers and trade bodies the Home Office backed ShopKind campaign, urging customers to be respectful of colleagues in stores. Campaign materials for retailers are available to download on the NBCC website here.

ACS’ submission to the Bill Committee is available here.

This entry was posted by Chloe on Wed, 19/05/2021 - 12:37