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Crime: Retail Trade

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who the members of the National Retail Crime Steering Group are; and what its terms of reference are. (253146)

The current members of the National Retail Crime Steering Group are as follows:

Alan Campbell MP (chair): Home Office

Stephen Robertson (co-chair): Director-General, British Retail Consortium

Jane Milne: Director of Business Environment, BRC

Catherine Bowen: Crime Policy Adviser, BRC

Alan Brown: Group Security Director, Tesco

Phillip Willsmer: Head of Operational Risk, Co-op

Peter Kaye: Head of Business Protection, John Lewis

Mike Cherry: Home Affairs Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses

Rosina Robson: Senior Policy Adviser, FSB

James Lowman: Chief Executive, Association of Convenience Stores

John Curtis: Deputy Director, Government Office West Midlands

David Fuhr: Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

ACC Allyn Thomas: ACPO Business Crime lead

Doug Russell: USDAW

Its terms of reference are as follows:

The purpose of a National Retail Crime Steering Group will be to drive a National Retail Crime Reduction Strategy focusing on reducing retail crime. This strategy will be based on the Terms of Reference agreed by the membership and will improve the co-ordination and delivery of retail crime reduction initiatives by all stakeholders.

1. Assess and improve the tools available to measure the scale of retail crime nationally, and encourage CDRPs to evaluate retail crime reduction initiatives locally.

2. Identify and document initiatives currently being undertaken by Government, police, local business crime reduction partnerships and retailers to combat crime.

3. Identify and promote good practice for retailers to adopt in working with Government, police and local partnerships, to reduce retail crime (and the underlying causes of crime.)

4. Assess and improve local engagement between retailers and neighbourhood police, taking into account local crime reduction plans.

5. Investigate the opportunities for improving retailer involvement in Home Office and Ministry of Justice policy development.

6. Encourage the retail sector to include crime prevention at the heart of all its business policies and practices.