Three quarters of retailers are said to have expressed concern over the response to incidents, as it’s claimed that police forces are under significant pressure to deal with rising crime levels.
A report by The Home Affairs Committee, entitled ‘Policing for the Future’ outlined the demands on modern police forces, suggested that falling staff numbers coupled with an increased level of crime is making it harder to offer communities the protection they need.
It stated that recorded crimes, including robbery and theft have climbed 32% in the last three years – a sharp increase, whilst charges fell by over a quarter as neighbourhood policing has been cut.
Retailers are feeling the impact of rising crime, as The Association of Convenience Stores Crime Report shows that incidents in the sector have almost doubled in the past year to 950,000.
At the same time around 82% of retail employers are also concerned about the consistency of the response from police, with 73% dissatisfied by the time taken to respond to incidents.
Increasing Threat of Violence
Violent crime is a particular worry