ACS Crime Report 2016, launched in March at the ACS Crime Seminar in London, features a detailed account of the costs, both human and monetary, of crime including shop theft, burglary, robbery and violence.
Key findings from the report include:
- Crime against convenience retailers costs an estimated £122m to the sector
- The total annual cost of shop theft to the sector is £43m
- The total cost of staff theft to the sector is £19m and a cost of £1,686 per staff theft incident
- The estimated number of incidents of violence resulting in injury in the sector is 10,945
- The annual cost of fraud to the sector is over £36m
Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime Karen Bradley said:
“This Government takes all crime very seriously, and I applaud the ACS for all their hard work to help retailers to prevent and tackle the specific issues they face.
These crimes can have a significant impact on the shops affected, both in terms of the immediate effects and in dealing with the consequences. We are working closely with the ACS through the National Retail Crime Steering Group, which I am pleased to co-chair. The Group brings retailers together with senior police officers and Ministers to identify current and emerging problems and shape the response.
Our Modern Crime Prevention Strategy, (published 23 March) will set out further plans for joint working with industry to prevent crime.”
ACS’ reaction to the strategy can be found here.
To download a copy of the 2016 Crime Report, click here.
Please note: ACS is now calling on retailers to share their experiences of retail crime over the last 12 months as part of the Crime Survey 2017. To participate in the survey, click here.