Posted on 19th November 2013
A scheme aimed at shelving shoplifting in the Derbyshire Dales sees Bakewell retailers tune in.
On Monday, November 18 ten shops joined the ShopWatch scheme and took to the airwaves to protect themselves from crime.
Latest outlets to join the scheme include Critchlow Farm Shop, The Wardrobe, Three Little Ducks and Track and Trail.
ShopWatch links retailers via radios to each other and police, allowing them to share information on suspicious behaviour or incidents of crime immediately.
PCSO Hayley Grundy from Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “ShopWatch has been a great tool in helping us tackle shoplifting in our area and it is great to see more people coming on board.
“The radios give retailers and staff a direct link with police and with other shops signed up to it, so if they see something suspicious they can alert us quickly, and officers can get there and stop a crime before it happens.
“It is a fantastic initiative that’s give retailers an extra level of security and helps to keep our town and shopping centres safe.”
The scheme, which is run by police and Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, requires shops to pay a small annual free when joining the scheme to cover costs of renting the radio kit, charger docks and other items.
Shops signing up to the scheme are also given posters and signs alerting customers that they are part of the ShopWatch initiative.
Any retailers wanting to sign up to ShopWatch should call their local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101.
To report a crime or suspicious activity call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.In an emergency, always call 999.