Union calls for police partnership on retail crime

Shopworkers’
union Usdaw has warned the Government and the Police not to let new targets for
reducing street crime leave shop staff more vulnerable to attacks.

Deputy
general secretary John Hannett welcomed the new measures announced in the
National Policing Plan, but called for the police to work in partnership with
retail to further reduce crime.

He
expressed concern that key performance indicators for specific offences, such
as street crime, could lead to less police attention on retail crime, where
staff are frequently attacked.

"Shop
crime is escalating at an alarming level. Offences against shop staff climbed
to 20,000 last year. We want greater police attention for our members, who are
all too often victims of abuse and violence," he said.

www.usdaw.org.uk

By Ross Wigham

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