Police ‘Shop Watch’ appeal to deter theft

Anyone with information should call the police on 101
Anyone with information should call the police on 101

Market Rasen Police are staging a meeting on July 23 at 5.15pm in the police station to boost the town’s ‘Shop Watch’ system.

Just 10 retailers are involved in the Neighbourhood Watch-style scheme for retailers, which police believe is hampering its effectiveness.

“It seems to have died down. They (shopkeepers) are not using it as effectively as they could be,” said PCSO Neil Evans.

Shop crime is not a major problem for Market Rasen, he says, but the scheme can quickly alert retailers to take evasive action.

“We do have travelling criminals coming from other areas of Lincolnshire. It’s also more about the anti-social behaviour,” he said.

Shop Watch members can use radios to alert other retailers to incidents much faster than they might by going through the police control room.

However, the radios cost £300 each, but a retailer may lose more through a single raid.

“It’s also a huge deterrent to thieves if they know they can only hit one shop before the other shops are warned,” PCSO Evans explained.

An information sharing agreement between retailers also allows the sharing of suspect details, including photos.