Collaborative effort required to address retail crime

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) on Saturday reported that retail robberies has increased significantly, by 30%, over the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014 compared to the same period of the previous year. Financial losses incurred by the industry as a result of retail robberies also increased by 32%. 

This trend has continued into this current financial year, to the extent that retail robberies have now reached the highest recorded level.

This increase in business robberies is in line with the national crime statistics announced today by the Police National Commissioner, General Rhiya Phiyega.  These show a general increase in the so-called Trio Crimes, with business robberies increasing by 13.7%compared to the previous year.

“The continued targeting of the retail sector by organised crime syndicates is of considerable concern to the industry”, says Dr Graham Wright, Head of the Consumer Goods Crime Risk Initiative (CGCRI) at CGCSA.

“We are, however, heartened by the 14% drop in Jewellery robberies reported to CGCSA, as well as the reduction of 50% in losses experienced by this industry”.

“Also, the retail industry reported a 6% decrease in burglaries over this period, with associated losses falling by 45%”.

“We believe strongly that an effective solution lies in our ability to create a Collaborative Anti-Crime Platform that focuses on mitigating the crime risks that currently beleaguer the retail industry. We urge all players in the retail industry to join us in this initiative where we will share information, develop solutions and strengthen partnerships with all relevant stakeholders and role players. As a collective we can accomplish much more says Wright.

“The CGCSA and its members continue to focus on crime prevention in the industry and supporting law enforcement and the broader criminal justice system in fighting the scourge of crime in the industry", says Wright.

CGRI is a business unit within the Consumer Goods Council of SA and specialises in crime prevention related initiatives and interventions in the retail industry.