The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is hosting an event for retail businesses across the West Midlands, taking place on the 4th July.
They want to create a conversation about the region’s response to business crime. The event will be an opportunity for the retail sector to hear how shop theft and other business crime is being addressed by West Midlands Police and the tools they provide to businesses to address crimes they experience.
They will also hear from businesses themselves, from across and outside the region, and their experiences of developing different strategies to address business crime in their areas.
After hearing from people tackling crime in the retail sector, there will be a wider conversation to share best practice.
The aim of this event is to collectively move us towards more strategic actions for addressing business crime against the retail sector as a region.
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner continues to be focused on what we can do as a region to support everyone when it comes to business crime in the retail sector.
Crimes committed against a business can have a serious impact on the livelihoods of its owners, employees and its customers. The retail sector is crucial to the local economy which we all want to see thrive, grow and prosper.
Crimes in the retail sector costs billions of pounds to the UK economy and the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is committed to finding new ways to tackle and prevent these crimes happening.
This event will be an opportunity for those in the retail sector to hear from the OPCC and West Midlands Police about what work is being done in the region to tackle business crime and inform retailers what help and advice the police can provide to those who have experienced these crimes.
Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner and businessman, Waheed Saleem said:
“This event provides members of the retail sector with an opportunity to give their views on retail crime and work closely with West Midlands Police and myself to look for new ways we can prevent and work to reduce these crimes.
“I want to empower businesses and retailers to have their say to help us to keep them and their businesses safe and secure.
“In the year ending December 2018 recorded offences of shoplifting fell in the West Midlands, however we still know that the number of offences happening against businesses is deeply damaging and costing thousands of pounds in profit each year.
“I’m really keen to hear the views of as many retailers as possible so that we can bring together as many ideas to seek some long term solutions to the crimes retailers face.
“The aim of this event is to help us take action to against business crime in the West Midlands.”