L-R: Sgt Phil Hogg, PCSO Greg Davies, Enforcement Officer Debbie Beale and PCC Paddy Tipping
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping paid a special visit to Bulwell police station to find out more about the innovative ways local officers are addressing shoplifting.
Commissioner Tipping is determined to make it harder for shoplifters to commit their crimes through increased security, stronger intelligence-gathering processes and greater collaboration between retailers.
He has already committed £20,000 towards proactive work to increase detection rates and is supportive of a preventative approach to offending, addressing the problems underlying criminality.
Police officers and crime reduction partners in the Bulwell area are already having a significant impact on shoplifting. Commissioner Tipping visited the local police station to find out more about the positive measures being utilised to address the problems.
Police officers, local beat teams and Community Protection in Bulwell have successfully applied for eight CRASBOs against violent offenders in the area which prevent them from entering specific stores or Bulwell altogether. The partners specifically target offenders who travel from other districts into Bulwell for the purposes of offending.
As part of a holistic strategy, offenders are offered support to reverse their problems from organisations such as alcohol services Compass and Last Orders. In one example, an offender’s parent was provided with help in relation to their financial problems and drug abuse.
Commenting after his visit, Commissioner Tipping said: “I’m very impressed with the work being carried out by officers and partners in Bulwell. The area has a high conviction rate for shoplifters and is a great example of what can be achieved through determination and commitment to the cause rather than accepting that this type of offending is inevitable.
“There is legislation in place to restrict the movements of known shoplifters in areas where there are significant retail outlets and I’m very pleased that this is being utilised to great effect in Bulwell. To have any long-term impact on shoplifting rates we need to also focus on the root causes of criminality and clearly those offenders in Bulwell are already being directed to help and support to overcome their problems.”
Bulwell PCSO Greg Davies has been single-handedly responsible for providing some 200 statements against shoplifters during the past three years – all of which resulted in a conviction.
The team is currently in the process of applying for its first Criminal Behaviour Order against a violent offender.
Notes to editors:
Commissioner Tipping has committed £10,000 of funding towards Police and Business Crime in Nottinghamshire (PABCIN) - a new, privately-run, board which manages and analyses intelligence relating to low-level crime and liaises with shopkeepers and police to share information.
He has also committed a further £10,000 from the Prevent funding stream to help fund three dedicated PCSOs to the project to feed information into the system’s database and improve detection capabilities. Early results suggest detections are already improving.
The investment comes after the Commissioner funded 20 extra electronic tags specifically for shoplifting prevention purposes, demonstrating how seriously he regards the issue.
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Posted on Monday 22nd December 2014