Police initiative to combat shoplifting

Police appeal
Police appeal

Theft and shoplifting has been highlighted by local traders in Lewes as being a big problem for them at the moment.

In response, Sussex Police are now exploring setting-up a Shopwatch Scheme in the town.

All town centre shops have been invited to help shape a scheme which will be most effective for Lewes and an initial meeting with traders proved productive and promising.

Chief Inspector Rob Leet said: “I understand how business crime is under-reported to police but hugely impactive on retailers and my team and I are determined to support them as best we can. If we can make a success of it in Lewes then the model can be rolled out to other locations.”

The Lewes Business Crime Group is another really useful crime-reduction initiative, he said. It brings businesses together with partner agencies, such as the police, to tackle crime and disorder.

The group is a new initiative based on a data-sharing system through intranet, which can only be accessed by members of the group. Through the intranet, members share information about people who are committing low-level crime or are involved in anti-social behaviour in the area.

The intranet also enables members to submit incident reports to police. Each member receives a weekly eNewsletter keeping them up to date with information and updates on the site from the previous seven days.

If you wish to join the scheme then please contact PS Rose Hanson at Lewes Police Station on 101 x 563021, or email rosemary.hanson@sussex.pnn.police.uk