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House of Commons Hansard
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11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on measures to reduce the incidence of shoplifting in Wales. [298185]

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The Government take shoplifting very seriously. That is why we recently introduced the Home Office driven £5 million "Small Retailers Capital Fund" for both England and Wales.

It was unveiled on 6 August 2009 and identified four priority areas in Wales—Merthyr Tydfil, Swansea, Blaenau Gwent and Rhondda Cynon and Taf. The fund provides grants of up to £3,000 for small retailers to:

Support work to reduce the risk and occurrence of crime against smaller retailers in priority areas

Strengthen local retail partnerships to work collectively to reduce crime and disorder

Identify and create effective means to tackle crime against small retailers.

Partnership grants of up to £50,000 are also available under the following themes:

Theme 1

Work that reduces the risk and occurrence of crime such as antisocial behaviour, shoplifting, fraud, criminal damage, robbery, burglary, hate crime and violent crime through the installation of equipment within shop(s)/ retail outlet(s).

Theme 2

Work that adds value to existing crime/antisocial behaviour prevention and reduction schemes to improve local shopping districts.

Theme 3

External work that is visible, provides reassurance and builds confidence that shops and shopping areas are safe.

Theme 4

Equipment that helps small business work collectively and in partnership with the police and other statutory agencies such as local authorities and fire and rescue authorities.

Theme 5

Work that supports particularly vulnerable retailers including those in rural and minority communities where crime is a particular problem.