NFRN National President Mike Mitchelson (pictured) has today called for independent retailers to tell the government about their experiences of retail crime and the impact it has had on themselves, their family, their staff and their businesses.

His appeal came after Crime Minister Victoria Atkins launched a call for evidence after the increasing problem of the physical and verbal abuse of retailers was raised in the House of Commons by MPs David Hanson and Steve McCabe, who is also chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Retail Crime.

Mr Mitchelson said: “The NFRN worked with MPs and through the APPG for Retail Crime, for which we act as the secretariat, to put the issue of retail crime and attacks on retailers firmly on ministers’ agendas.”

Mr Mitchelson continued: “Crime Minister Victoria Atkins was clear that the government wanted to better understand the situation retailers find themselves in before taking action.  It is, therefore, vital that as many independent retailers as possible respond, explaining their experience of crime and the impact it has had on them.”

The government has also made funding available for an information campaign reminding retailers that they do not have to take abuse.

Mr Mitchelson said: “The Minister is right that no retailer should be threatened at work and the government’s information campaign, starting with a poster that NFRN members will receive together with the next edition of the members’ magazine The Fed, and which was extensively discussed by members at the APPG for Retail Crime, is an important first step.

Details of the call for evidence can be found on the government’s website until 28th June.  

Mr Mitchelson concluded: “ We were grateful when the Minister accepted our invitation on behalf of the APPG for Retail Crime to discuss her plans for the call for evidence and we will be inviting her back after the consultation closes to discuss how Ministers, MPs and independent retailers can take concrete steps to protect retailers.”

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