Alistair Cameron Pledges to Tackle Crime against Local Shops

October 30, 2012 5:50 PM

Alistair Cameron, Liberal Democrat, Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Gloucestershire has pledged to make crime against local shops a key part of his police and crime plan if elected on 15th November 2012.

Alistair Cameron, Liberal Democrat, Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Gloucestershire said:: "I pledge to tackle crime against local shops, which suffer significantly from a range of criminal activity including anti-social behaviour, shop theft and violence towards staff."

James Lowman, ACS Chief Executive, said: "Local shops are an important community stakeholder and contributor to the local economy that are often blighted by the effects of crime.

"Convenience stores employ in excess of 372,000 employees who provide essential services to the community and they need support from the Police."

Retail crime cost retailers £1.4 billion in 2010/11, equivalent to 130,000 full time retail jobs. Local shops invested £3.5 million alone in crime prevention measures last year.