Neighbourhood store owners have a 63% chance of falling victim to a burglary, robbery or other violent incident.

According to the Association of Convenience Stores statistics, its members have a 11.2% chance of being robbed. And that the cost per incident has risen to £3,252 - the highest since the ACS retail crime statistics were first produced three years ago.

The ACS suggested that increased rsp on “robbers’ favourites” cigarettes and alcohol was responsible for the jump in cost per incident.

ACS chief executive David Rae, said: “These figures make for grim reading and are further evidence of the fact that neighbourhood stores are now front-line targets for the dishonest many of whom are now using increasing violence.”