Posted on 15th October 2013
Bakewell retailers have been given special keyrings to help them check for fraudulent bank notes.
Shops in the town have been handed leaflets with tips on how to identify fake money along with the UV device.
The keyrings shine a blue or white light on bank notes, which contain several security features including watermarks, UV lettering and 3D holograms.
Retailers have been given the kit by Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, which includes police and Derbyshire Dales District Council.
PCSO Hayley Grundy tests out one of the keyrings with Sharon Wakeman, from Bakewell Pet Supplies.
Shop staff will be given training on how the keyrings work and the signs to look out for, along with the crime prevention advice leaflets.
It is the latest in a series of steps taken to help protect Bakewell’s shops from crime. These include the town’s dedicated ShopWatch radio scheme, linking the outlets with police and each other so they can share information on suspicious incidents.
PCSO Hayley Grundy, from Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The use of fake bank notes is rare but it’s still a risk for retailers and can be extremely costly, too.
“We wanted to make sure that shop owners and staff were fully clued up as to what signs to look out for on bank notes, and having these keyrings will be a quick and reliable way for them to check that money is genuine.
“Along with ShopWatch radio, which is continuing to grow in Bakewell, we’re aiming to work with our shops and partners to cut retail crime and protect the businesses that keep the town thriving.”
ShopWatch radio is run in partnership with the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce.
It was launched in Bakewell in December last year and saw one person detained on suspicion of shoplifting within two hours.
The network of shops signed up to it has also grown in recent weeks as PCSO Grundy has been recruiting more retailers to the scheme.
Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council and chairman of the Community Safety Partnership, said: “Although official statistics show that crime dropped again across the Derbyshire Dales in the past year, we are determined to push on with crime prevention initiatives that reinforce the district’s reputation as one of the safest places to live, work and visit in the whole of the UK.
“This joint initiative helps our business community in Bakewell – and we will be closely monitoring its impact.”
To find out more, call Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood team on 101.