A forum to discuss tackling retail crime with retailers from across Cleveland was held today, Tuesday 14th July.
The Cleveland Retail Crime Consultation Group brought together key members of the retail community, police and partners at Cleveland Police Headquarters.
The event was organised as an opportunity for retailers and partners to discuss the issues that they face and to try to find solutions to those problems.
National and regional loss prevention and security managers, shopping centre and retail park managers and local business crime co-ordinators were invited to attend.
Feedback from the session will be added to the North East retail crime delivery plan, which is managed by the North East Retail Crime Partnership.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “Shoplifting is often dismissed as a victimless crime, which it isn’t. Retail crime affects trades and could cause massive financial strain on small local businesses.
“I will be listening to the feedback from the retailers and hope that the forum is another step in the right direction to positively tackling retail crime.”
Volume Crime Chief Inspector Chris Downes, said: “In Cleveland we have been working closely with our partners in retail in order to tackle the issue of retail crime and to try to reduce the number of incidents.
“Officers and Police Community Support Officers are as visible as possible in and around shopping areas in an effort to deter potential criminals. We visit retailers regularly to build up an intelligence picture and to get an idea of who the prolific criminals are, the nature of the incidents and how we can assist in preventing the crimes from happening. We have also created a ‘Prevent & Deter’ document which is available to advise retailers.
“The forum today will help us to get a better picture of the issues that our retailers are facing and will help us to address those problems.”
Posted on Wednesday 15th July 2015