The British Retail Consortium and the Association of Convenience Stores have called on the government to offer more support to help prevent retail crime.

The BRC said at its annual Retail Crime Survey launch that even though the Retail Community Crime Reduction Partnerships and the Safer Shopping Award had helped to cut crime by as much as 30% in some areas, retail crime remains a big problem that the government cannot ignore.

The BRC said that any long-term national strategy must have the support of the government, including help to fund the locally and regionally run retail crime prevention partnerships.

ACS figures showed that anyone who owns or works in a local store has 76% chance of being a victim of crime in the course of one year.

ACS chief executive David Rae said that association was doing everything it could to show the government the heavy burden small stores carried when it came to increased lawlessness within the UK.

He said: “We have consistently pressed for 100% first-year tax relief for companies investing in security equipment for small stores. Security equipment such as CCTV helps reduce retail crime.”