Posted on 24th June 2014
Police in Derby East policing section will be cracking down on shoplifting as part of an on-going project to tackle the issue.
Officers have seen an increase in calls for service to stores and supermarkets covering Osmaston, Sinfin, Alvaston, Allenton, Chellaston and Shelton Lock.
A wide variety of items are stolen varying from food, toiletries and home goods. It is believed these items are taken for personal use or sold on for cash.
PC Tony Maddock from the policing section said:” The neighbourhoods in Derby East are being hit with shoplifting offences and we have seen a significant increase over the past year, because of this we are working together with the stores to try and reduce this type of crime.
“We aim to do this by the use of an ID booklet to assist the shop staff to identify those intent on committing this type of crime in order to prevent their access into the store, police will be called if the person does not leave.”
Officers will also use covert patrols across the policing section with a long term plan to obtain a radio system which connects the shops so they can update each other. It also means the police can link into the radio system and respond to problems as they happen.
PC Maddock continued: “This is having a real impact on the many stores in this area so we will do what we can to assist the stores in the prevention of this crime.
“We would also ask members of the public to view Caught on Camera images on the Derbyshire Police Website to help identify those involved.”
“If anyone is caught shoplifting, positive action will be taken and they will face the consequences.
“We recognise that some people may be short of money and shoplifting to put food on the table but there are various food banks in Derby that may be able to assist them.
The project commenced Thursday, June 19.
To contact the police call 101 for a non-emergency, always 999 in an emergency.