Shoplifting, business scams and credit card fraud were the focus of a business crime prevention event hosted by the Northern Irish justice minister David Ford, last week.

Also attended by the PSNI, Trading Standards Services and Retailers Against Crime, the event was organised by the Business Crime Partnership and gave authorities a chance to prove they are committed to helping clamp down on retail crime.

Talking at the seminar, Ford said that the government will do “all it can” to reduce business losses caused by crime.

He commented: “Retail crime, whether it is shoplifting, fraud or even violent burglary, can have a devastating impact on businesses of any size. Over recent years shoplifting and robbery crimes have decreased but we cannot afford to be complacent.”

The PSNI, the Organised Crime Task Force, Trading Standards and Belfast City Centre Management were all on hand to offer practical advice and information during the event.