The National Federation of Retail Newsagents has called on more government help to overcome barriers hindering small newsagents from taking part in crime reduction schemes.

The plea is included in the organisation’s response to the Home Office’s Business Crime Consultation.

NFRN parliamentary liaison manager Robert Gunning said: “Many newsagents are working 14-hour days and do not have the spare time to participate in partnerships to the same level as larger businesses. This must not be a reason for them to be excluded.

“Crime Reduction Partnerships must be active in encouraging participation amongst the smallest retailers. What we need is a commitment to tackle the barriers that discourage small independent retailers from participation and a willingness to take the problems of retail crime in micro-businesses seriously.”