Mildenhall shops go online to cut crime

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Businesses and shops in Mildenhall have gone online to cut retail crime.

Businesses and shops in Mildenhall have gone online to prevent retail crime.

The new Shop Watch Scheme gives access to an online database of offenders caught shoplifting allowing shops to ban them on mass.

Between April 2013 and July 2013 there were 12 thefts from shops reported in Mildenhall.

Of these 12 crimes, seven were called in to police on the Shop Watch radio system and six thieves have been caught and brought to justice.

Sergeant Christian Chisnall, of Mildenhall Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Shop Watch online is an additional tool we can use to raise the awareness of suspicious incidents, give important crime prevention advice and improve communications between police and retailers.

“It is important for all parties concerned to work together to combat shoplifting and this scheme is a great way of keeping everybody connected. Our main aim is to get the message across to thieves that we are watching them and they are not welcome in Mildenhall.”

Mildenhall Safer Neighbourhood Team have collaborated with Forest Heath District Council to assist the Shop Watch scheme.

Officers can connect their radios into the West Suffolk CCTV Control Room enabling the team to track the movements of shoplifters.

Twelve businesses are already signed up and will also be issued with stickers for doors and windows to act as a deterrent to thieves as well as free security advice.

Retailers interested in taking part in the scheme should contact Mildenhall SNT on 101.