Efforts to prevent and reduce retail crime have taken a major step forward with Mike setting up a cross-party forum to discuss retail crime issues.
The group, called the All Party Parliamentary Group on Retail and Business Crime, will look at ways in which these can be addressed through the mechanisms of parliament by tabling questions, debates and petitions in the House of Commons to ensure that retailer concerns are heard by Ministers.
Announcing the formation of the scheme, NBCF chairman Parminder Singh, who is also national president of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents, said, “Retailers will not sit idly by as their shops shut down due to the cumulative effect of the ‘victimless’ crime of shoplifting; or work under the constant fear of assault. It is for this reason that industry has taken the initiative to tell government that it is not good enough through funding and forming the National Business Crime Forum (NBCF) which is now setting up a direct line within government to raise retail crime up the political agenda.”
Mike said, “The APPG is a cross-party forum for MPs to get together and discuss retail crime issues in their constituencies and across the country and look at ways in which these can be addressed through the mechanisms of parliament. It is vital that retailers take responsibility for making their elected representatives work for them.”