Retailers shoulder costs of crime prevention themselves

18 February, 2011

Shop crime appears to be falling thanks to investment by retailers in fighting it themselves, a poll by the Association of Con­venience Stores has revealed.?The ACS poll of 3,500 shops found the number of robberies, staff thefts, burglaries and verbal abuse have dropped as retailers take effective measures to tackle crime in their stores.

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

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

“The average cost of robberies also accounts for repairs to a store and shows that 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.”

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