Posted on 21st February 2014
PCSO's Peter Jones and Kate Wakefield head out on the beat to deter criminals
Police headed out on the beat to deter shoplifters in Ashbourne town centre after viewing the issue as a priority in the community.
Officers from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team visited stores in the area to deliver life-sized police images as part of an initiative to increase awareness around the potential impact of theft.
PCSO’s Kate Wakefield and Peter Jones visited Sainsburys, the Co-operative Store, Halfords and the 99p store, on Thursday, February 20 as part of the drive to deter criminals from shoplifting in the area.
Sergeant Denis Murphy from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “As a Safer Neighbourhood Team we have been looking at all kinds of ways of preventing acquisitive crime and we have been exploring some of the well-established tactics as well as looking at some of the more innovative approaches.
“The idea may seem rather amusing but there is a serious point behind the installation of these figures. It’s all about reminding people of their consciences and their responsibility to act according to the law.
“If just one person who is tempted to steal sees one of these, weighs up the risks and then decides not to, then I regard that as a success.”
The policing team will be conducting high visibility and plain clothed patrols around the shops in the area in a bid to combat theft.
As part of their work, officers will be promoting the town's Shop Watch radio scheme in which retailers purchase a radio kit that links them to each other and directly to police.
The team will also be engaging with known offenders and speaking to retailers about how to improve security in their stores to prevent theft.
To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.
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