Posted on 15th October 2013
Cracking down on seasonal shoplifting has been placed on Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team’s wish-list in the run-up to Christmas.
Police have kicked off their annual campaign to cut shoplifting early this year in a bid to shelve the problem throughout the Christmas shopping season.
Operation Cracker will see officers carry out plain clothes patrols throughout Buxton’s shops and supermarkets to identify offenders and arrest anyone spotted stealing goods.
High-visibility patrols will also take place in shops from now up until Christmas, while store staff have been given updated photo packs listing repeat shoplifters who have been banned by Buxton Retailers Against Crime (BRAC).
PCSO Patrick Haley and Spring Gardens security manager Mike Ashby are on the lookout for shoplifters.
People who have been excluded from some or all shops due to shoplifting convictions have been sent letters reminding them of their exclusion and warning them that further action could be taken if they ignore their bans.
PC Mark Parkinson, from Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The vast majority of shoppers in Buxton are law-abiding but there are unfortunately those who do decide to break the law and it is those we will be on the lookout for.
“In the last few years, we’ve seen shoplifting rise slightly in the run up to Christmas so we’re getting ahead with this operation and stopping it before it starts.
“We’ll be out engaging with shoppers and visitors to the town, chatting to them about crime prevention and reassuring them that shoplifting isn’t tolerated.
“Buxton is a safe and enjoyable place to shop, especially at Christmas time, and this operation aims to keep it that way.”
Crime prevention advice the team will be giving includes:
- Always keep valuables such as mobile phones, cameras and purses, which are attractive to thieves, on your person and out of view;
- Keep your handbag zipped and carry it under your arm, with the opening on the inside of your body;
- Make sure you don’t leave bags or handbags unattended on shopping trolleys or under tables at cafes, for example;
- Never carry your PIN numbers in the same purse or wallet as your bank cards;
- Get hold of a purse chain that will secure your purse or wallet to the inside of a bag or belt loop, alerting you straight away if someone tries to steal it;
- Don’t keep your wallet in a back pocket – store it in an inside pocket of your trousers or jacket, or in a secure bag;
- Be on the lookout for any suspicious activity and report anything you see to police on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or, in an emergency, 999.
For more information and to talk to the Safer Neighbourhood Team, call 101.