Matthew welcomes retail crime crackdown

Matthew Scott, Conservative Candidate for Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, has welcomed the Prime Minister’s crackdown on retail crime which will see further support for shop workers.

Rishi Sunak has announced a standalone offence of assaulting a shop worker, electronic tagging for prolific or violent shoplifters and more facial recognition technology.

Matthew said “I have worked with Kent Police to support retailers and shop workers in the fight against theft. Charges resulting in a court appearance are up 37% in the last four years. And in the last three months alone, Kent Police has secured 44% more charges for shoplifting, because they are being proactive in working with businesses.

“These changes recognise the seriousness of the offences being committed against shop workers. As someone who has worked in retail and have myself been assaulted, I welcome the Government’s decision to bring in tougher punishments.

“This also shows the value of Police and Crime Commissioners working hard on behalf of businesses, but this wouldn’t have been possible without the leadership of my colleague, Katy Bourne.”

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