Posted on 11th December 2013
PC Julian Gallagher handing over the radio to Sue Sidebottom, Assistant Manager at Peacocks.
Peacocks store in Glossop is the latest retailer to tune into the scheme aimed at shelving shoplifting across the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales.
The ShopWatch scheme has seen a great success and most recently saw an offender stopped in their tracks as they attempted to pass on counterfeit notes in Glossop stores.
As a result the man was arrested and bailed until February pending further investigation.
Peacocks is the latest retailer to join the scheme alongside stores across the town centre including Marks and Spencers, Aldi and Tesco.
ShopWatch links retailers via radios to each other and police, allowing them to share information on suspicious behaviour or incidents of crime immediately.
PC Julian Gallagher from the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “The ShopWatch Radio scheme is a fantastic tool that acts as an extra level of security for retailers and it is encouraging to see that they are using it to its full potential.
“It is great to see retailers getting on board with the scheme and there are many benefits, in that not only can retailers alert police directly, they can also speak to each other and warn of suspicious individuals or incidents.
“The radios are there to compliment the 999 service and help us to tackle shoplifting in the area to help keep our town safe.”
Shops joining up to the scheme have to pay a small annual fee that covers the rental of the radio kit, charger docks and other items. They are also given posters and signs alerting customers that they are part of the ShopWatch scheme.
Any retailers wanting to sign up to ShopWatch should call their local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101.
To report suspicious activity or crime call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.In an emergency, always call 999.