Business community and police work together to fight crime in Ashbourne
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Businesses and officers from the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team have been working together to share information and fight crime.
Patrols have been stepped up and a WhatsApp group has been created by business owners to share information about suspicious activity and crime between them, and report them to police.
An operation was set up by the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team in December 2019 in response to ongoing issues of thefts, damage and burglaries at the Airfield Industrial Estate.
In addition to the patrols and better information sharing between businesses in the area and the local police, the team are also working with neighbouring forces to help identify or target any offenders.
Officers are visiting premises too to offer advice about safety and security where they can.
PC Debbie Holmes of the Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team has set up the operation. She said: “Since the start of the operation in December, no burglaries at the Airfield Industrial Estate have been reported, which is a great success. It is however still in its early stages, but the initiative is ongoing and we hope this will continue
“Businesses on there have found using WhatsApp has worked for them as a great way to quickly pass information to others in the area about crime and suspicious activity, and then passing that to our team.”
PC Holmes said: “This is all about working with the local businesses to target crime and concerns about crime which is affecting them, and reconnecting with the community to help keep Ashbourne safe.”