RGDATA have called for the reformation of the penalty system through a range of initiatives at the National Retail Crime Conference in Citywest.
The initiatives include stronger use of custodial sentences, a minimum term for robberies involving violence against a retailer and greater powers for judges to issue exclusion from shops on people who are persistently involved in thieving from stores.
Roseanne Regan, communications and public affairs manager of RGDATA said,"Higher penalties and zero tolerance needs to be adopted as a matter of urgency, as only 25% of retail crime perpetrators were prosecuted and convicted in the past year." She said that 97% of RGDATA members feel more vulnerable than in recent years.
The National Retail Crime Conference focused on strategies to combat retail crime and provide solutions in areas such as E-Crime, Shoplifting, Internal Fraud, Credit Card Fraud, Goods Lost in Transit, Counterfeiting and Contraband.
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