Shop Worker with Body Worn Camera Reveal Media

    Purchasing body-worn cameras: 10 top tips

    Body-worn cameras can reduce the risk of violence and threats to staff by providing a deterrent effect and documentary evidence for pursuing aggressors, but it’s important to carefully consider issues like functionality, data storage and user training during the selection process.

    By Alasdair Field, Reveal Media on 13 May 2024

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    Assault of retail workers to become a standalone crime in UK shoplifting crackdown

    Retailers have welcomed a UK government decision to make assaulting a shop worker a standalone criminal offence in England and Wales, but civil liberties groups have criticised plans to ramp up the use of facial recognition technology in town centres to help catch shoplifters.

    By Kerry Reals on 10 April 2024

    Usdaw Freedom From Fear

    Violence against shop workers grows in an epidemic of retail crime

    Violence against shop workers has more than doubled in a year, according to Usdaw’s latest annual survey, as official figures show that shoplifting has risen by over a third. Shoplifting is not a victimless crime; theft from shops has long been a major flashpoint for violence and abuse against shop workers.

    By Paddy Lillis, Usdaw on 26 April 2024

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    Violence and abuse against shop workers up 50 per cent last year, says British Retail Consortium

    Incidents of violence and abuse against retail workers increased by 50 per cent to 1,300 a day in the year to September 2023, compared with the previous year, new figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) have shown.

    By Kerry Reals on 14 February 2024

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    Can cameras save our shop workers from attack?

    Shoplifting is on the rise, and with it the violence and intimidation of those who work in shops. We investigate whether body-worn cameras are an effective deterrent.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 09 January 2024

    Chris Green Partner At Keoghs Law Firm

    Health and safety prosecutions: recent cases provide some important lessons

    Health and safety practitioners will already appreciate how extensive the duties on their companies to protect safety can be, how easy it is to fall foul of them and the importance of learning from any incidents to prevent any further serious events.

    By Chris Green, Keoghs on 14 July 2023

    Shoplifter retail violence

    Police to target ‘rampant rise in retail crime’ and violence

    A specialist police team known as Project Pegasus is to target organised crime gangs who are masters in shoplifting, as violence against shopworkers soars across the UK.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 17 November 2023

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    Group calls for end to ‘death trap’ workplaces in garment trade

    Protesters gathered outside Oxford Street fashion shops in a ‘Cost of Fashion’ walking demonstration on Sunday 23 April.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 25 April 2023

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    Abuse of shopworkers is rising: we need to up our game

    With Usdaw’s annual survey showing abuse against shopworkers is higher than pre-pandemic levels, it’s vital that government, retail employers, police and the courts work more closely together to make shops safer for staff.

    By Paddy Lillis, general secretary of the Usdaw union on 01 May 2023

    Paddy Lillis Usdaw General Secretary

    Shopworkers deserve greater protection from violence

    Violence, threats and abuse against shopworkers has been a growing problem in recent years, which was made much worse by the coronavirus pandemic.

    By Paddy Lillis on 06 December 2021