welcomes fall in shop crime and increased investment by retailers in
shopworkers union Usdaw has welcomed the overall fall in shop crime
and the increased investment by retailers in crime prevention
recorded by the British Retail Consortium's (BRC's) annual survey of
The BRC reports an 11% reduction in the number of criminal offences
in the retail sector in 2010, with reported incidents of violence,
threats and abuse against shop staff down by 50% and incidents of
shoplifting down by 10.6%.
However, despite the fall in recorded incidents and a year on year
downward trend, the BRC says there is still a massive problem of
under-reporting of offences in the sector. Only 12% of incidents of
shoplifting were reported to the Police and the BRC believe that
shopworkers increasingly regard violence and abuse as 'part of the
job', letting many incidents go unreported.
According to the survey, retailers spent over £210 million on crime
prevention measures last year, a 10% increase on 2009. While this
investment appears to have reduced the number of incidents, the BRC
estimates that the annual cost of retail crime remains at £1.1
John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary said:- "Usdaw works
closely with employers to improve workplace safety and we welcome
the increased investment retailers are making to protect their staff
and property. The downward trend in the number of recorded incidents
in the survey is also very encouraging.
However, Usdaw agree with the BRC that there remains a significant
problem of under-reporting which is driven by the myth that shop
crime is 'victimless' and the belief shared by many shopworkers that
little if any effective action will be taken against perpetrators.
Shop crime is not victimless, our own annual survey showed that last
year more than a million shopworkers were abused, threatened or
assaulted at work.
While shoplifting is a major flashpoint for violence, our members
suffer most abuse and threats when asking for proof of age ID from
customers buying age-restricted products such as alcohol. Many
customers simply don't know or won't accept that shopworkers have to
ask for ID to avoid fines, criminal prosecution and even losing
Usdaw is lobbying government to improve the regulation of
age-restricted products and we will continue to work closely with
the BRC, Police and other agencies to reduce all incidents of shop
crime, to create safer workplaces and to ensure offenders are
brought to justice."
Helping Culture Thrive
Council is laying the foundations for an even stronger cultural
community. Working in partnership with Merseyside ACME and
Liverpool Vision, free business advice is on offer to cultural
organisations across the city to give them the skills and knowledge
they need to succeed.
The Creative Growth Initiative will be led by business expert David
Parrish, a creative, cultural and digital sector specialist, who
will pass on invaluable advice and guidance on how to make
organisations self-sufficient in these tough economic times.
Enterprises are offered a confidential business review and will then
be given help on areas which could benefit them – from marketing and
business plans right though to fundraising strategies and hints on
how to become more entrepreneurial.
This project forms part of Culture Liverpool’s Fit for the Future
programme which focuses on bringing together organisations and their
expertise to develop the city’s cultural strategy.
The city council’s cabinet member for Culture and Tourism,
Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- “We want to do everything we
can to give cultural organisations the tools to survive. It’s
important for them not just to rely on short-term funding but to
become self-sufficient and sustainable in their own right. I
encourage as many organisations as possible to make the most of the
free expertise on offer which really could help their business to
bloom. Every organisation needs to prepare to weather the
economic storm, and we want to help them to do this as we know how
important culture is to this city.”
David Parrish said:- "I am looking forward to helping
Liverpool's cultural organisations find new opportunities to develop
in challenging times. My own background is in management in the
cultural industries so I'm ideally placed to provide professional
support which fits with the ethos of the sector. I am
delighted to be able to offer my experience and expertise to
Liverpool's cultural enterprises through this partnership project."
Any organisation who would like to be part of the Creative Growth
Initiative can find out more by visiting
tss-cgi.com or by calling Merseyside ACME on:- 0151
Kevin McManus from Merseyside ACME, said:- “We have always
worked well with cultural organisations as well as businesses in the
creative and digital sector. It makes perfect sense to work with the
city council and offer specialist advice to cultural organisations.” As part of the Fit for the Future programme, Culture Liverpool
already works with other organisations which offer support to the
cultural sector including Arts in Business, All about Audiences,
Business in the Arts NW and the Liverpool Charity and Voluntary