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Shoplifting

Home Office written question – answered on 4th February 2020.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) guidance and (b) support her Department has provided to retail businesses in relation to the (i) management and (ii) mitigation of shoplifting in the last 10 years.

Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to improve protections for retail staff from verbal abuse and physical attack by customers.

Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce instances of shoplifting.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The Government recognises the damaging impact that shoplifting and violence and abuse can have on victims, businesses, and the wider community; and we are committed to tackling this issue.

To ensure that our response to retail crime is as robust as possible we work with a wide range of partners through the National Retail Crime Steering Group, including the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and British Retail Consortium.

In addition, we launched a call for evidence on violence and abuse toward shop staff to help strengthen our understanding of the scale and extent of the issue. The call for evidence has now closed and we are carefully analysing the responses before deciding what further action may be required. We intend to publish the government’s response in due course.

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