Crime continues to plague retail sector

Politician With Signs
Daniel Johnson MSP at the launch of his crime bill.

CONVENIENCE stores in Scotland continue to be badly affected by retail crime, according to the latest report from the Scottish Grocers Federation.

The Retail Crime Report 2020 found that 100% of respondents had experienced shoplifting in the previous twelve months, with 98% reporting shoplifting on a daily basis.

This year’s report also revealed that requests for identification in relation to age restricted products and a refusal of sale continue to be the main triggers for abuse and assault towards staff in store.

The SGF highlighted the work carried out by Daniel Johnson MSP – whose Protection of Workers Bill is currently being considered by the Scottish Parliament – as a positive contribution in this area. 

Scottish Crime report
The Sottish Crime Report 2020 is available now.

As Scottish Grocer went to press, MSPs on the Scottish Parliament Economy Committee were scheduled to take evidence on the bill on 3 March.

Pete Cheema, chief executive of the SGF said: “Our new report – which is now backed up by five years’ worth of evidence – shows that shoplifting is now essentially out of control and the authorities have simply lost their grip on it.

“Overall this is contributing to a very stressful working environment for staff. There is an ever-growing list of legislation which has to be enforced and policed by staff in-store and this must be taking its toll on health and wellbeing. The Protection of Workers Bill currently before the Scottish Parliament is a step in the right direction and we urge MSPs to support it.”

• The Scottish Crime Report 2020 is available for download via the SGF’s website.