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ShopWatch seminar helps to stop shoplifters in their tracks

Posted on 12th November 2013

Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team joined forces with local authorities to advise retailers about protecting themselves against crime.

The seminar took place in partnership between police, Derbyshire Dales District Council and Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, with the aim of encouraging the prompt sharing of information and suspicious incidents.

The talks, which were held on Tuesday, November 5, were funded by the council and gave shop owners and staff the opportunity to learn the best ways to use the ShopWatch radio.

Sergeant Denis Murphy from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "The seminar was aimed at increasing the resilience shopkeepers in Ashbourne have against criminals.

“The ShopWatch radio scheme is a great tool for quickly sharing information between shops and police and can give us a priceless head start when it comes to detecting and preventing crime."

District Council Leader Cllr Lewis Rose OBE, who is also Chairman of the Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, added: “It is great to see another crime prevention initiative working so well as we continue to maintain the Dales’ reputation as one of the safest places to live, work and visit in the whole of the UK.”

The seminar encouraged Sainsbury’s staff to be extra vigilant, resulting in a suspected shoplifting incident being report later the same day.

The store used the ShopWatch system to report two shoplifting incidents resulting in an arrest of an Ashbourne resident.  

A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting and bailed until Wednesday, November 20.

The suspect allegedly stole two frozen meals from Sainsbury’s, off King Edward Street Ashbourne, on separate occasions on Monday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 5.

Officers identified the suspect through CCTV and went to his home address and arrested him.

To speak to the local team or to find out more about the ShopWatch radio scheme call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

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