Posted on 10th December 2014
Over 120 retailers have signed up to a dedicated scheme designed to shelve shoplifting in Ashbourne Town Centre.
The Shop Watch initiative launched earlier this month to encourage retailers to protect themselves from thieves and help police bring criminals to justice.
The initiative sees retailers sharing information on suspicious behaviour or incidents of crime immediately to help to deter thieves and prevent crime.
The scheme works around a phone tree system which sees stores on the main branch each calling a store on the list, which will in turn generate a loop of information.
PCSO Tammy Bell-Heather from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Although the phone tree system can be seen as old-fashioned, it is a tried and tested system that works for a unique town like Ashbourne.
“The initiative allows all of the stores to keep in contact and to pass on information quickly to help to prevent crime in our community and deter criminals.
“Shop Watch is a fantastic scheme that gives retailers an extra level of security and helps to keep our town safe from shoplifters.”
Shops signing up to the scheme will be given posters to alert customers that they are part of the ShopWatch initiative.
Any retailers wanting to sign up to Shop Watch should call their local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.
To report a crime or suspicious activity call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.In an emergency, always dial 999.
You can now follow your local Safer Neighbourhood team on Twitter: @AshbourneSNT