Second retail roundtable launches new measures to improve response to retail crime

Saturday, 9 March 2024 07:50

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Second retail roundtable launches new measures to improve response to retail crime

New measures are being put in place in Northamptonshire to make the response to retail crime even more effective.

Retailers – both independent and from major chains – business groups, retail crime specialists and Northamptonshire police came together this week for a second roundtable meeting, where they shared ideas and caught up with progress on a range of initiatives to improve business safety.

Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold, who convened the meeting, said that he wanted to ensure that retailers across the county receive a consistent service when they report crime.

The roundtable heard that workshops for retailers have taken place to explain their legal rights in preventing crime. Business Crime Information Packs will now be created and sent to businesses to build on the information shared.

Other, innovative solutions are also under consideration, including extending the loan of mobile robot security cameras – currently available to prevent crime at businesses in rural locations – to retail premises.

Measures to further strengthen the ties between Northamptonshire Police and the Northamptonshire Business Crime Partnership are also under consideration. These close links underpin the Northamptonshire Police approach to tackling retail crime, called Operation Elegance, which was raised by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary as a model of good and effective practice.

Operation Elegance has seen increasing number of shoplifters brought to justice, by building a closer working relationship between police, retailers, and other key partners.