Police Commissioner urges supermarkets and retailers to join fight against alcohol related crime and misuse
20th January 2014
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It is one of the major priorities in Tony Hogg’s Police and Crime Plan. 

Alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour costs around £366m / year across the force area. It affects individuals, families and communities and places a huge financial burden on policing and health services. 

Mr Hogg has written to major supermarkets and retailers, along with some smaller outlets, asking them to play a part in reducing the problem. He has extended an invitation for a ‘round table’ discussion to make real progress.    

Tony Hogg: “It is important that I bring supermarkets and retailers together. I know they are all committed to being a valued part of the local communities they serve, and therefore I am keen that they can develop a sensible strategy which will benefit all of us.”   

Among the issues that Mr Hogg wants to discuss are changes to drinking patterns and the easy availability of low cost and super strength alcohol and the considerable impact this makes on ‘pre-loading’. 

Tony Hogg says: “Devon and Cornwall has higher than expected levels of violent crime.  In fact we are consistently among the 10 worst areas in the country (per head of population).  I am concerned about crime levels and the role that alcohol plays in offending. This is particularly the case for crimes such as violence, sexual offences, public order and criminal damage and for alcohol fuelled antisocial behaviour.”  

“I am determined to make a real impact in this regard, and I am hoping for a positive response from supermarkets and retailers. I will be disappointed and worried if some do not accept my invitation to meet with me in the coming weeks.”

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