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Retail workers are increasingly facing the risks of verbal and physical aggression.

Despite retailers experiencing a drastic reduction in footfall, recent years have witnessed a serious increase in assaults on UK retail staff. The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) 2019 Retail Crime Survey revealed that in the course of the previous year 115 retail employees were attacked at work every day, with 32 incidents per 1,000 workers.  These levels have only increased during the Covid pandemic and lockdowns.

Robberies, violence and assaults on UK retail sector staff are unfortunately continuing to escalate, The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) revealed that the total cost of crime and crime prevention for retailers was £1.9 billion last year, up 12% from the previous year (£1.7bn). This was made up of £900 million direct cost from retail crime, and £1 billion spent in efforts to prevent crime.

From out-of-town retail parks and motorway services to local convenience shops and high-end department stores, from field based maintenance and engineering support staff to distribution and logistics staff, the unique blend of personal safety devices and body worn camera solutions helps make Reliance Protect the UK’s number one personal safety solutions provider for retailers looking to safeguard their employees.

We help retailers to take effective steps to safeguard staff whilst creating a pleasant and inviting environment for customers.