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Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to reduce shoplifting. (189324)

The Government are working in partnership with retail organisations to tackle retail crime including shoplifting. As part of this work we have set up a National Retail Crime Steering Group to provide an opportunity for discussion of retailers’ crime concerns and to devise strategies to deal with these.

We have made a commitment to raise the profile of crimes against businesses, make provision for better information about them and produce guidance to support local partnerships in their efforts to tackle the crimes which affect them.

The Home Office has also provided funding to the Perpetuity Group to develop a crime reduction tool for small and medium sized retailers to design out crime in their stores and significantly reduce the opportunities for shop thieves to operate.