RIPLEY: Patrols increased to cut down on Christmas crime

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Police in Ripley are stepping out in a seasonal campaign to shelve retail related crime in the town centre.

Extra patrols are being carried out around shops and supermarkets to help target shoplifting and prevent purse thefts in the run up to Christmas.

As part of the campaign, officers from the Ripley Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team are working alongside local businesses and the town’s Shop Watch scheme.

Posters are being delivered to stores to remind people of the consequences of shoplifting and events are being set up to offer free purse chains and bells to festive shoppers.

PC Rich Marshall of the Ripley Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “There tends to be a slight rise in shoplifting and purse thefts in the run up to Christmas and we are working proactively with local businesses and Shop Watch to keep shoppers safe.

“Our team will be out speaking to people visiting Ripley town centre, offering advice on crime prevention and reassuring them that shoplifting and retail related crime won’t be tolerated.”

Shop Watch in Ripley was set up by police and the Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership to help target and prevent retail related crime.

There are Shop Watch radio systems, maintained by Amber Valley Borough Council, running locally in Alfreton, Belper, Heanor and Ripley. Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team monitor the Shop Watch radio link-ups.

The radio system to helps stores and the police keep up-to-date on any suspicious activity in the town, and allows police to respond more quickly to incidents.

Through the Shop Watch initiative, stores also work together to ban any persistent offenders.

Sergeant Dave Harrison, of the Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership, said: “The radio link allows businesses to quickly pass on the details of any incidents or suspicious activity to police and other shops.

“This incident demonstrates the value of Shop Watch, which put other retailers on their guard and alerted police to a potential offender.”

To contact the Ripley Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team call 101, the non emergency number for Derbyshire police, or email ripley.neighbourhoods@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.

You can also follow the team on Twitter: @RipleySNT

For more information about Shop Watch in the Amber Valley contact Sgt. Dave Harrison or Claire Bestwick of the Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership on 01773 841652 or email communitysafety@ambervalley.gov.uk.