RETAILERS in Ellesmere Port are using technology in the fight against crime.
Ellesmere Port Against Business Crime (EPABC), has launched a comprehensive radio network, with all subscribing members issued with state of the art digital radios that will allow them to contact CCTV operators at the push of a button.
Retailers can also contact other member businesses, police and community safety wardens to stop shoplifters in their tracks.
Persistent offenders will also become subject to an exclusion scheme that will see them banned from participating shops, all of which will bear a noticeable window sticker showing a visible united front.
Ellesmere Port Against Business Crime was set up through investment from Cheshire West and Chester Council with support from the newly appointed Ellesmere Port Development Board.
Chairman Robert Mee said: “We are very pleased to support investment in this new initiative, which will help to retain, develop and attract business to Ellesmere Port town centre.”
Following research by Chester University students which found strong support for a local traders network, the scheme is being managed by the team behind the award-winning Chester Against Business Crime project.
Manager Bob Lelliott said: “Before the scheme was implemented in Chester, shoplifting was estimated to cost the city up to an astonishing £20m per year.
“This figure has since reduced by 22%, but there are still a number of smaller businesses which are having to absorb massive losses of up to £1,500 a week.”
Bob and his team will be visiting traders in Ellesmere Port in the next few weeks or you can contact him and his team on 0300 999 1111.