Retailers in Alfreton invited to join Shop Watch

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Businesses in Alfreton are being invited to sign up to an initiative aimed at preventing retail crime.

A Shop Watch scheme is being set up in the town by police, Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership and Amber Valley Borough Council.

It is after police noticed an increase in shoplifting in the Amber Valley area, with 277 reported to officers between April and September 2012 compared to 245 during the same period in 2011.

Police partnership Sergeant Les Rawson said: “Officers are working hard to target the crime through increased patrols and working with stores, and as a result we have increased detections and positive outcome rates to more than 80 per cent.

“This means that 223 out of those 245 offences have been resolved either through the court, restorative justice, fixed penalty notices or cautions.”

As part of the scheme retailers will be able to access a secure online database of people who have been caught shoplifting and members will be able to collectively ban offenders from stores.

Sgt. Rawson added: “We hope that by introducing Shop Watch we will help reduce this type of crime by sending a message that shoplifting is not acceptable and won’t be tolerated in our local stores.

“The initiative is a great opportunity to work in partnership with businesses to improve employee security, improve communications with police and retailers and ultimately help keep our shops safe.”

Retailers interested in taking part in the scheme should contact the Alfreton Town Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101, the non emergency number, or email