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Police volunteers on patrol to give advice to small businesses and shopkeepers in Derby

Posted on 2nd March 2017
PSV in Littleover2 PSV Rosy Pearson with PCSO Steve Sanderson

Our Police Support Volunteers (PSVs) have been patrolling in the Stockbrook and Littleover area in Derby to give small businesses crime prevention advice. 

The PSVs joined the Abbey Safer Neighbourhood Team yesterday, Wednesday March 1 visiting shops and small businesses after a number of break-ins in the area. 

PCSO Steve Sanderson from the team said: “ The afternoon was very successful and we were able to visit around 100 shops and small business with the help of the PSVs. 

“We offered advice about crime prevention, security and leaving money on site and in tills. Our presence seemed to be reassuring to the business owners and they were very happy to receive the advice we could give them.” 

Kate Bowyer, Derbyshire police crime prevention officer, said: “The PSVs did a great job supporting the team delivering this advice. We are hoping that this will assist the business to help us in reducing this type of crime.” 

Amongst the measures recommended are: 

  • Bars or grates on windows – this can deter/prevent entry
  • Deadbolt or padlock keys work best to secure doors
  • Motion sensor lights and a monitored alarm system will provide you greater peace of mind and is much more effective than a standard burglar alarm
  • Make sure you remove any valuable pieces that are stationed by windows or can be seen through the windows
  • It is important to keep your business well lit, both at night and during the day. A lighted area makes it easier for people to see what is going on around your business. Keeping a light on inside will also help see if anyone is inside after dark
  • Review your cash handling procedures so that you do not hold too much cash on the premises. An insurance rated safe bolted to the floor with anti- tamper sensors and a time lock is recommended. Advertise that you do not leave cash on the premise
  • Be wary if you make regular bank deposits, try to vary your routine and ensure that you have a risk assessment and that staff are not alone. It may be safer to arrange for a specialist collection company to do this for you. 

Attached is a leaflet with further information.

For more information contact your Safer Neighbourhood team on 101 or send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here.

 

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.