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Stores planning to shop crooks
Thursday 2nd January 2014 @ 14:35 by Lisa B

Glossop’s newest town centre store has signed up to a scheme aimed at running crooks out of town.

Howard Town Retail Park firm Peacocks has joined traders big and small on Glossop ShopWatch.

And that’s one more link in the security chain that is cutting retail crime.

Last week we revealed how it caught criminals as they attempted to pass on counterfeit notes in town centre stores.

Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team’s PC Julian Gallagher, said: “The ShopWatch radio scheme is a fantastic tool that acts as an extra level of security for retailers and it is encouraging to see that they are using it to its full potential.

“It is great to see retailers getting on board with the scheme and there are many benefits, in that not only can retailers alert police directly, they can also speak to each other and warn of suspicious individuals or incidents.”

He added: “The radios are there to compliment the 999 service and help us to tackle shoplifting in the area to help keep our town safe.”

Peacocks is the latest retailer to join the scheme alongside stores across the town centre including Marks and Spencers, Aldi and Tesco.

Shops joining up to the scheme have to pay a small annual fee that covers the rental of the radio kit, charger docks and other items.

They are also given posters and signs alerting customers that they are part of the ShopWatch scheme.

Retailers wanting to sign up to ShopWatch should call their local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101.

Meanwhile, to report suspicious activity or crime, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

But it it’s an emergency, always phone 999.