Violent robberies of convenience stores are occurring with regularity, and the Australian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) has strongly urged Governments to act.
“Our association has represented the interests of convenience stores for the past 30 years and while the level of engagement we have with politicians and law enforcement has never been stronger, there are issues on which we must continue to maintain pressure,” says AACS SEO, Jeff Rogut.
“Crime is a major one as incidents like armed robbery, petrol theft and the spread of illegal cigarettes are unacceptable.
“To date, our representations to ministers on the issue of crime has fallen on deaf ears.”
Is anything being done?
The North West Metro Commander of Victoria Police announced plans to lobby government to try and create a new ‘aggravated shop steal’ offence in a move endorsed by the AACS.
“It undermines the good work of police to investigate and apprehend criminals only for the judicial system to apply lenient punishments that merely encourage them to re-offend,” explains Mr Rogut.
“No one in the course of their work should be subjected to any kind of traumatic, violent experience.
“The AACS calls for stronger legislative response to more appropriately punish thieves to the full extent of the law.”