Hyde businesses launch ‘Shop Watch’
Monday 27th February 2017 @ 12:43 by Adam Higgins
Business Hyde News

Hyde businesses are joining forces to battle back against criminals after a spate of break-ins and burglaries across the town.

Working together, they are aiming to form a ‘Shop Watch’ for better security.

The decision to set up the scheme, similar to ‘Pub Watch’, was made following a meeting between local businesses, councillors and Greater Manchester Police.

Following the meeting, Cllr Andy Kinsey, the chairman of the Hyde Town Council, said: “In Hyde, we have a great community spirit and this is shown through the positive action we are taking to work together.

“The businesses present at the meeting have all had windows smashed, things stolen or even fraud committed by credit card in store.

“The new scheme we are setting up will ensure that we can share best practice and the latest information to prevent in-store crimes and prevent break-ins,” Cllr Kinsey commented.

“We know there will always be those who target businesses locally, we know that there will always be crimes against businesses – but through working together, we can move forward and achieve much more.”

Hyde Town Council will hold its first official meeting next Monday (March 6) at the town’s Grafton Centre on Grafton Street.

The councils are newly established to represent each Tameside town to replace the former District Assemblies.

 

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Standing firm: Representatives of Hyde businesses and Hyde Werneth councillor and Hyde Town Council chairman, Andy Kinsey