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Shop staff thanked for taking part in Cathedral Quarter Safer Neighbourhood Day

Posted on 1st November 2013

Police teamed up with Cathedral Quarter Rangers in a campaign to help cut crime and anti-social behaviour in Derby.

The second Cathedral Quarter Safer Neighbourhood Day saw officers head out on patrol with Rangers and staff from partner organisations.

The aim was to speak to business owners and their staff about crime prevention, issues around crime such as shoplifting and how they can help tackle policing problems in the area.

Officers also asked for feedback from shop staff about the issues they have and how they could be targeted, and updated them about Operation Prospero, which aims to cut shoplifting, street drinking, begging, bag dipping and theft of pushbikes.

Sergeant Brian Clifton, who leads Derby City Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “It’s absolutely vital that we spend time listening to and addressing any concerns that business owners in the city have.

“They are directly affected by crime and anti-social behaviour and can be an important asset for us in cutting it, and it’s important for us to build that contact especially in the Christmas shopping period.

“The Safer Neighbourhood Day was a shining example of how, by working with our partners and businesses in the city, we can figure out ways to keep the streets safe from crime.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part and gave us their valued opinions on policing problems.”

The Cathedral Quarter Safer Neighbourhood Day was a joint initiative by police and partners including the Cathedral Quarter Management Group.

It took place throughout the day on Thursday, October 31 and followed the inaugural Safer Neighbourhood Day held in July.

Martin Langsdale, chairman of the Cathedral Quarter Management Group, said: “The second Safer Neighbourhood Day was a great success - giving businesses and the public alike a greater opportunity to discuss their views with officers in the area.

“We greatly value the Safer Neighbourhood team’s positive partner approach in our collective work to make the Cathedral Quarter a safe and enjoyable place to work, live and visit.”

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