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Five snared in theft operation

A crackdown on Christmas shoplifting has seen five people arrested and considered for bans stopping them
entering stores in Belper.

Police mounted uniformed and plain clothes patrols around the town centre throughout December to snare purse snatchers and shop thieves.

In one incident a 40-year-old man was arrested and charged with stealing purses from the Leather Shop on Chapel Street on Wednesday, December 4. A man from Belper appeared before magistrates in Chesterfield on Thursday, December 5.

Meanwhile, a 36-year-old man was arrested and is on bail pending further enquiries over alleged shoplifting from the Co-op store on Strutt Street on Friday, December 6.

And a 46-year-old man apologised and returned items he stole from Morrisons on Sunday, December 15. He was banned from the store.

All three could also considered for a six-month ban from entering stores which are signed up to the Shop Watch scheme across the Amber Valley.

The Shop Watch scheme, which connects stores via a raido-link-up has been used to help police respond and track suspicious activity.

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.

“These incidents demonstrate the value of Shop Watch, which put other retailers on their guard and alerted police to a potential offender.”

As well as shoplifting, 
police are also working to 
prevent purse thefts and have been offering purse chains and bells to local shoppers.

Belper Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant Neil Glover said: “Christmas is a busy time for many people and we want shoppers to continue feel safe and comfortable when they visit Belper.

“While it may seem like a victimless crime, the cost of shoplifting can be passed on to customers. Our local stores are also an important part of our community and our aim is to support them during this key time of year.

“We would advise people to take a few simple steps to help them stay safe. Always be aware of your personal surroundings especially during busy times. Keep purses out of sight and handbags securely fastened.”

“This can really help reduce the risk of an opportunist thief trying to steal your personal belongings.”

Police in Belper are targeting shoplifting and purse thefts as part of a campaign over the festive period.

Officers are carrying out a mixture of uniformed and plain clothes patrols around the town centre to help prevent a rise in retail related crime.

Police are also working alongside local businesses and the town’s Shop Watch scheme.

Shop Watch in Belper 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, and also running locally in Ripley, Heanor and Alfreton. Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team monitor the Shop Watch radio link-ups.

The radio system 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.

Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant Neil Glover said: “Christmas is a busy time for many people and we want shoppers to continue feel safe and comfortable when they visit Belper.

“While it may seem like a victimless crime, the cost of shoplifting can be passed on to customers. Our local stores are also an important part of our community and our aim is to support them during this key time of year.”

As well as shoplifting, police are also working to prevent purse thefts and offering purse chains and bells to local shoppers.

Sgt. Glover added: “We would advise people to take a few simple steps to help them stay safe. Always be aware of your personal surroundings especially during busy times. Keep purses out of sight and handbags securely fastened.

“This can really help reduce the risk of an opportunist thief trying to steal your personal belongings.”

Since the start of December, police have received five reports of shoplifting in Belper town centre.

A 40 year-old man has been arrested and charged for stealing purses from the Leather Shop on Chapel Street on Wednesday, December 4.

Stuart Anscomb, 40, of High Street, Belper, appeared before magistrates in Chesterfield on Thursday, December 5.

A 36 year-old man was arrested and is on bail pending further enquiries over shoplifting from the Co-op store on Strutt Street on Friday, December 6.

A 46 year-old man apologised and returned items he stole from Morrisons on Sunday, December 15. He was banned from the store.

All offenders are also considered for a six month ban from entering stores which are signed up to the Shop Watch scheme across the Amber Valley.

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.”

For advice or to pick up a purse chain or bell, contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, the non emergency number for Derbyshire police, or email belper.neighbourhoods@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.

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.

 

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