ACS: Government Must Act to Tackle Violence Against Shopworkers

ACS is calling on the Government to tackle violence against shopworkers as new police recorded crime figures shows a rise in violence.

The ONS Crime Survey for England and Wales published today (Thursday) has found an increase in violence resulting injury by 7% compared March 2018. The figures reinforce the findings of ACS’ Crime Report 2019:

  • There were almost 10,000 incidents of violence in the convenience sector last year;
  • 41% of violence incidents resulted in injury of staff, and
  • 83% of staff in the convenience stores have experience verbal abuse.

The police recorded crime data also showed a 2% decrease in shop theft, but this could reflect under reporting and forces screening out theft offences.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Today’s figures will ring true with retailers’ and shopworkers’ experience of violence and abuse and reinforces the need for the government to act quickly and decisively to tackle violence against shopworkers through tougher penalties for offenders and tackling the root cause of offending, such as drug addiction, by a reviewing  the use of fines and cautions issued by police.”

“The decline in shop theft is welcome news, but is more likely attributed to under-reporting of shop theft offences as retailers have little confidence that police forces will respond. Our research clearly shows that shop theft is the number one trigger for violence in stores, failure to address shop theft therefore risk elevation to violent offences.”

The findings of the Office for National Statistics Crime Survey for England and Wales are available here:

ACS is calling on retailers to report every incident of violence and verbal abuse, as part of its #AlwaysReportAbuse campaign with the Home Office. ACS has developed campaign materials which are available here.

This entry was posted by Chloe on Thu, 18/07/2019 - 13:12