Business owners’ warning to criminals

Steve Hine
Steve Hine

“We’re geared up to repel you” - that is the warning message to would-be shoplifters and troublemakers thinking about targeting Market Rasen.

Many of the town’s stores, including Tesco, Boots and Lincolnshire Co-op, have started a crime prevention network called Shopwatch.

Traders, linked up via digital radios, can call for immediate help and warn each other about things like anti social behaviour, shoplifters and fake money.

Market Rasen Shopwatch chairman Steve Hine, who owns Indulgence gift shop in Queen Street, said: “Market Rasen is not immune to crime of this sort, anti social behaviour especially.

“But we’re not going to put up with it.”

Mr Hine added: “We’re geared up to repel you.”

The scheme, currently funded by West Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnerhip, has already successfully highlighted anti social behaviour in the town.

“I’m very enthusiastic about it and I do think it will work, but it’ll take effort from everyone involved,” said Mr Hine.

Posters will be put up around the centre warning people Market Rasen is a Shopwatch town - and is clamping down on criminals.

So far 13 shops have signed up to Shopwatch - the long term plan is to get every store involved.

Tesco community champion Jenny Stimson said: “It’s fantastic. I’m pleased it’s been set up in the town - it would’ve been nice if it had been done earlier but at least we’ve got it now.

“It’s going to make it safer for people with only one person working in a store. If they have a problem they can put a call out and get help straight away.”

A West Lindsey District Council spokesman said: “The scheme will make it quick and easy for businesses to alert each other to potential issues.”

For information about joining the scheme contact Stella Tuplin at the Rasen Hub on 01673 844556.