Police continue crackdown on retail crime

As part of the Force’s continued crackdown on retail crime, regular and special officers have been hitting the county’s high streets and visiting some of the most vulnerable stores, giving crime prevention advice and tackling suspected shoplifters.

On Saturday, 15 December, a team of special constables were out across the county visiting vulnerable stores and working with local store detectives. From January 2013, a dedicated retail crime team made up of officers from the special constabulary will be set up to support regular colleagues. The team will be responsible for regular high-visibility patrols on high streets and in shopping centres and working with shop owners and managers to drive down crime.

On Monday, 17 December, five people were arrested on suspicion of theft in separate incidents during a Sheffield-wide operation.

On Friday, 11 January, Assistant Chief Constable Andy Holt will be meeting Andrew Pope, Head of Group Risk Services National Operations for The Co-operative at the Lifewise Centre to sign a memorandum of understanding outside The Co-op on the life-size set at the Lifewise Centre.

The memorandum of understanding will outline each organisation’s commitment to work together to reduce crime in Co-operative stores.

Chief Inspector Gwyn Thomas, Force lead for retail crime said: "Shoplifting and retail crime remains a priority for the Force. The Christmas and New Year period is a busy time of year for high streets and shopping centres and we are committed to working with retailers to protect them from opportunistic thieves."

Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright said: "I understand the trying economic times and the impact this has on crime. I am keen to work with local business owners to minimise the impact of crimes such as shoplifting which make a significant impact on people’s livelihoods and the wider community."