SMALL businesses are calling for help to improve security measures following a rise in the number of thefts. 

The Federation of Independent Retailers (The Fed) has launched a campaign to lobby the government for security grants of up to £1500. 

The money would allow small businesses and retailers to make changes such as improved store lighting, installing panic buttons and upgrading CCTV equipment. 

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It is hoped these measures would help to deter crime while also helping retailers provide information to police if they have to report a crime. 

It comes after a rise in thefts by 24% in the past year with shop owners and staff facing more than 850 incidents of abuse and violence a day. 

Their petition has so far gained more than 700 signatures on

You can find out more information about the campaign HERE.