A NEW information-sharing initiative has been launched to combat shoplifters and bag snatchers in Northwich town centre.
Northwich Against Business Crime has been established to make staff, shoppers and visitors to the town safer.
Retailers are already on board and soon the project’s logo, a red hand, will begin appearing in shops and businesses throughout the town.
Chief Supt Tim Jackson, head of policing in Vale Royal, said: “With Christmas fast approaching I can’t think of a better time to launch a scheme that seeks to help drive crime out of Northwich.
“It’s good to see people coming together to send a clear message to criminals.”
Businesses that sign up to the scheme will share information about crime and incidents of anti-social behaviour and will be equipped with radios for improved communication and identification of potential offenders.
Members will also be invited to attend regular information exchange forums where they will be kept up to date with crime and incident statistics, learn about security measures, share photographs and CCTV images and receive crime alerts regarding current criminal activity and known offenders.
Insp Pete Minghella, of Northwich Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: “This scheme has huge potential.
“Plans are already in place to develop an ‘exclusion zone’ in the town, which would see offenders and persistent trouble makers banned from all member shops and premises.
“This should not only reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the town, but could also result in improved trade as customers and retailers reap the rewards of an improved environment.”