‘Cut out Cops’ to deter theft in Cumbria
Last updated at 12:16, Monday, 14 October 2013
CUT out Cops are being handed out to deter shoplifters in Cumbria and slash crime in the run up to Christmas.
This tactic has been used to great success in many other forces across the UK and led to reductions in crime when used in conjunction with other measures including police patrols.
The CSP is also supplying eye-catching posters for use in smaller shop windows with a crime prevention message warning thieves that they are being watched.
Sergeant Richard Farnworth, who chairs the CSP Tactical Delivery Group, said: “Our aim is to reduce crime in our town centres and make people feel safer.
“These cut out cops have been shown to reduce crime in other parts of the country, so we are keen to try them in West Cumbria. The cut out cops are not designed to replace police officers, who will continue to patrol our town centres but they make people look twice and are a reminder that shoplifting and other offences are not tolerated.
“The aim will be to keep the initiative fresh by lending them to shops in towns across West Cumbria. The intention is to rotate them around a large number of stores rather than sitting them in individual shops long term.
“I fully appreciate that most people would prefer to see more police on the streets, but the reality is that the police cannot be everywhere, all of the time. Anything which deters crime is worthwhile. It will actively work alongside other crime reduction measures such as CCTV and shop watch. Shop keepers work very well together to reduce thefts, communicating with each other and the Police using the Shop Watch radio link system.”
The Cut out Cops initiative is one of many measures in the CSP annual plan aimed at reducing crime and disorder in West Cumbria.
Other measures in the plan aimed at reducing town centre crime include the West Cumbria Business Crime Partnership incorporating Shop Watch and Pub Watch radio link. Also the Cumbria Community Messaging service where crime prevention advice is made available to the public, and the Integrated Offender Management who work with prolific offenders to reduce offending behaviour.
All the CSP projects are funded with community safety money received from the Police and Crime Commissioner, and supported by a range of public and private sector partners.
First published at 12:11, Monday, 14 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Got to admit they look smarter and slimmer than real ones.
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