The FWD has developed a security leaflet to help protect against car park crime at cash and carries.
The leaflet has been rolled out at Booker, Bestway, Makro and Landmark and follows security meetings as a response to a spate of incidents where customers were attacked as they loaded their vehicles, usually for tobacco.
It features crime prevention advice such as never leaving tobacco products on open view in vehicles and being aware of bogus distractions on the road such as being flagged down.
Arshad Choudhary, operations director for Bestway, said: “All Bestway and Batleys depot staff have ensured the FWD leaflets have been readily available. Tobacco is still a high value product that is most sought after by thieves but we are pleased to say that the enhanced security arrangements by ourselves in car parks and a greater awareness from customers to remain alert, seems to have cut the number of incidents in recent months.”
Chris Holmes, regional security manager (London) at Makro, said: “Customer security is our top priority and since introducing the advice leaflet we have had positive feedback from customers who are pleased to see proactive steps being taken to ensure their security while shopping.”