Crime prevention minister Norman Baker assured retailers that retail crime is not taken lightly by the Home Office.

He said the key to reducing this type of crime is build a better picture of what is happening with more consistent recording of retail crimes, and retailers need to work with police to achieve this.

“The key is partnership – we need to know when these crimes occur, where they occur and who’s doing it,” he said.

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