The Retail Grocery Dairy & Allied Trades Association (RGDATA) is urging the Government to apply longer jail sentences for shoplifting, following the announcement of plans to extend sentences for repeat burglary offenders.
RGDATA has written to the Minister for Justice and Equality seeking an extension of the longer jail sentences for those convicted of theft in commercial premises, as well as private homes.
Minister Fitzgerald commented that the Government recognizes the problem of theft from shops and businesses, and fully supports the work of An Garda Síochána to engage with retailers and other experts on this issue.
RGDATA attended the National Strategic Retail Theft Forum on 7 May, using the opportunity to raise independent retailers’ concerns about the growing impact of serial shoplifting and drive-offs on their businesses.
“RGDATA members are reporting increasing incidents of shoplifting, retail theft and drive-offs. Independent retailers identify this issue as one of the key concerns impacting on the future viability of their businesses," explained Tara Buckley, Director General of RGDATA.
“This is a major issue that needs to be dealt with and serial offenders should face the same penalties as those who rob private dwellings.”
“Dealing with constant shoplifting is causing huge stress for independent retailers and putting their shops and the jobs they provide at risk. The government needs to recognize this and address the issue as a matter of urgency,” she concluded.
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