Action plan to tackle shoplifting launched
On Monday (23rd October 2023), Policing Minister Chris Philp chaired a meeting with senior police leaders and 13 of the UK’s biggest retailers to launch ‘Pegasus’ a new Retail Crime Action Plan designed to tackle the rise in shoplifting, catch more offenders and keep retail workers safe.
The BBC reports that the retailer Partners will provide £800,000 of funding over two years to fund the scheme while the Government will contribute £30,000 in the first year.
As part of the Action Plan Police attendance at scenes will be prioritised in the following circumstances:
- Where violence has been used.
- Where an offender has been detained (for example, by store security) police will attend the scene with urgency and repeat / prolific or juvenile offenders will be treated with elevated priority. All police attendance will be subject to a THRIVE risk assessment (Threat, Harm, Risk, Investigation, Vulnerability, Engagement)
- Where evidence needs to be promptly secured which can only be done in person by police personnel e.g., securing forensic evidence.