‘We’ve got our eye on you’ police tell shop thieves

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Police and town traders in Market Rasen are stepping up the fight against retail crime.

They are sharing photos and CCTV footage to identify suspected offenders.

Town traders are also using radios in greater numbers to warn each other of possible shoplifters, with some stopping suspected offenders from entering their stores.

The move comes as Rasen retailers meet next week as part of the Shopwatch initiative, which sees them working with each other and the police in combating retail crime.

PCSO Neal Evans told Market Rasen Town Council last week, that though there were “no great spikes of any kind”, police have been busy dealing with commercial burglaries and domestic abuse.

“We are hot on the tail of 3-4 culprits,” he said.

“We have good CCTV footage of a burglary at De Aston. We can’t take it to court but it gives a good indication of who it is,” he told members.

PCSO Evans said he has received CCTV footage identifying possible offenders.

“It’s the same two individuals who have created these two incidents of theft.”

The officer credited the support of storekeepers for supplying such footage as part of Shopwatch.

Traders involved in the initiative meet at Tesco on April 15 at 5.30pm.

“Tesco will run it more professionally than it has been,” he said.

The scheme has three extra radios available for traders to bring the numbers used in the town to 13.

The officer said police have an agreement with traders to share photos of known offenders, which gives the traders a much better idea of who they are.

Larger chains might have corporate policy issues in blocking entry to known offenders, but the smaller independents were less inhibited.

“They are certainly keeping an eye on them when they are in the shop,” he said.

At the meeting, PCSO Evans revealed the Neighbourhood Police Team Incident statistics for Market Rasen.

In March, police dealt with 120 incidents in ‘Rasen Town’ and 154 in the ‘Market Rasen Neighbourhood Policing Team Area.’

This compares with 113 and 170 respectively in February 2015.

Theft was responsible for 14 incidents in Rasen and in its wider area in March, compared with 13 and 19 theft incidents in February.

There were also 23 and 35 suspicious incidents in March and 19 and 33 such incidents in February.

Market Rasen town also experienced 11 incidents of domestic abuse in March, and 14 such incidents in February. The wider neighbourhood area experienced 13 and 15 such incidents respectively, police figures also revealed.