James Frith, MP for Bury North, is calling for action to tackle convenience store crime as new figures from the Association of Convenience Stores show a 65% increase in thefts from local convenience stores.

The ACS report nearly a million thefts from convenience stores in 2017, up 65% on 2016. There were also over 13,000 recorded incidents of violence faced by staff working in the retail sector.

James joins shopworkers’ union USDAW in calling for Government action to address this dramatic increase in crime.

James Frith said:

“The clear message for Government is they need to act to turn around this dramatic rise in crime. I have to question whether the cutting of 20,000 police officers in the name of austerity is behind these survey results. A properly funded and well-resourced police service is essential.”

John Hannett, USDAW General Secretary, says:

“It is absolutely clear that there is a growing problem which needs to be tackled. Theft from shops can often be a trigger for violence, threats and abuse against shopworkers, so the rising trend is extremely worrying for our members.

“It is time to say enough is enough. Retail staff have a crucial role in our communities and that role must be valued and respected.”

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