Retail crime down in c-stores but prevention costs more, says ACS

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Lowman: robbery costs have increased

Retailers are taking effective measures to tackle crime in their stores, according to the ACS’s annual Crime Survey.

It reveals instances of robberies, staff theft, burglaries and verbal abuse have all fallen over the last year. However, ACS warns this has come at great cost to retailers who have had to invest significant amounts into their business to deter criminals.

The Crime Survey, which gathers information from over 3,500 local shops, offers insight into the convenience sector and reveals the extent of problems facing retailers ranging from staff theft to verbal abuse.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “While we welcome the widespread reduction of instances of crime shown in the survey, the figures still reveal significant concerns for local shops.

“One alarming statistic is the cost of each robbery has increased by 190% to £2,880, despite the number of instances falling by almost 60%. These numbers show that retailers must take extra precautions to protect their high value goods and cash in-store.

“The average cost of robberies also accounts for repairs to a store and shows, as convenience retailers improve their standards and crime prevention measures, bringing stores back up to that standard after they are damaged during a robbery is becoming more expensive.”