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Shop Watch In Yorks

by msecadm4921

In South Yorkshire, Thorne shopkeepers have been suffering with shoplifting incidents, A Shopwatch scheme was set up to provide each store with information regarding shoplifters in their area.

The shops are visited regularly by the local police SNT (Safer Neighbourhood Team) and information is passed onto the stores.

The scheme has given shops the information so their staff know who is about and what they look like, whilst protecting stock and staff.

Stores are now able to identify offenders on their own CCTV systems and in store by using the scheme. Police Community Support Officer, Donna Fry said, "The shop staff look out for people who are known to have shoplifted and watch them closely or remove them from the shop. This has lead to a noticeable drop in shoplifting."

The scheme is considering radio contact between all the stores with monthly meetings on how we can help each other to make Thorne safer.

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