Date lodged: 15 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of Police Scotland's approach to dealing with shop theft, in light of a recent survey by the Scottish Grocers Federation, which reported that 52% of convenience retailers experience daily or weekly shop theft.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 24 November 2016
Police Scotland is developing a preventative approach to acquisitive crime including shop theft. This approach, which will involve working in partnership with the Federation and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, will also seek to involve as many stakeholders from the retail sector as possible and is an approach that I welcome.