The British Retail Consortium has called for the creation of a national association of business crime partnerships to tackle the problem of retail crime, which cost the retail sector more than £2.4bn in 2001.
Speaking at the Retail Crime Partnership conference, director general of the BRC Bill Moyes said: "Creating a unified, national association of business crime partnerships would mean that the success that local schemes are having in tackling this blight on business and communities could be more effectively taken forward at a national level."
There are 230 retail crime partnerships in town and city centres. But the BRC wants this number increased to 500 with a new national organisation to coordinate their efforts and share best practice methods.
Moyes said: "Retail crime does not stop at the shop door and it is essential for everyone that it is effectively tackled."

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