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.”