Mansfield Business Improvement District is leading a retail crime project which unites community safety partnerships across the county to jointly solve the problem.
The aim is to create a central hub of information to keep retail staff informed and help deter people from re-offending.
It will capture intelligence from businesses, local policing teams and regional and national groups to provide up-to-date and validated briefing information.
Dave Wilson, Mansfield BID’s crime manager, said: “The process is a simple problem-solving model, where we scan for information, analyse it, respond to it in an appropriate manner and then assess the outcome.
“Each of the town centres involved will have a dedicated PCSO who will still be managed by police, but whose activities will be identified by the hub.
“Best practice developed in Mansfield has been identified as delivering results, and that is why we have been asked to manage this project.”
The project has been funded by £10,000 from the Home Office, Nottinghamshire Police, and £10,000 from the office of Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.
It also sees 12 Police Community Support Officers focusing on helping to prevent retail crime.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, said: “I am delighted by the work in Mansfield. Retail crime is a problem across the country, not just in Nottinghamshire.
“There is a lot we can learn from Mansfield’s approach.”