Over the last year co-op shops across the UK have been targeted in robberies and ram-raids. In April alone, there were reports of ram raids and burglaries in Northamptonshire, Rotherham, Suffolk and Bedfordshire, among many others.
In Greater Manchester, robbers or burglars are targeting a Co-op shop every six and a half days, according to figures released by Greater Manchester Police for the Manchester Evening News. The publication revealed that there were 57 robberies and burglaries at co-op outlets across Greater Manchester in 2017, an increase from 43 in 2016.
Shop theft cost the average convenience store £2,605 in 2016 and remains the most common crime they face, as revealed by a report by the Association of Convenience Stores. Its members reported 3,163 incidents of robbery in 2016, and 3,313 burglaries.