Antisocial Behaviour impact
According to first-
As part of research conducted by online marketplace OnBuy.com, retailers detailed which kinds of anti-
Overall, 14% of retail and wholesale businesses had been affected by anti-
Groups hanging about on the street: 41%
People intimidated, threatened or verbally abused: 39%
Street drinking/drunken behaviour: 22%
Inconsiderate behaviour: 22%
People using or dealing drugs: 14%
Vandalism or graffiti: 10%
Vehicle related: 7%
Loud music: 5%
Negative impact of anti-
Financial impact: 34%
Impact on custom: 32%
Impact on employees: 29%
Commenting on the findings, Cas Paton, managing director of OnBuy.com, urged policy makers to go further in protecting high street businesses.
“What’s most worrying is that in this current climate of lawless behaviour and seemingly minimal consequence, the anti-
“It may be the government needs to revisit its stance on the leniency of some of the sentences for behaviours like those listed, or put stronger, firmer measures in place to reassure staff they are protected, and consequence is on the cards for those who act out inappropriately.”
Assaults on retail staff rising
Further research revealed that physical and verbal attacks against retail workers was also rising. Some 1,433 incidents of assault and threats per 1,000 workplaces were registered in 2017.
The Independent Retail Report 2018 found that almost two-
The figures confirmed a worrying rise in abuse against retail workers, with assaults increasing by 25% and threats by 38%.