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Police crackdown on shoplifting pays off

Tuesday, 11th January 2011.

Efforts by Haverhill police in partnership with town retailers have paid off in preventing a feared increase in the shoplifting spate in the town in the run-up to Christmas.

Shoplifting in the town had increased significantly to become a serious problem during 2010 and this led police to devote time and resources to trying to keep it in check during the festive period.

The arrival of a new officer, PC Richard Oldroyd in October, to take on a specific town centre responsibility, was part of the process.

PC Oldroyd visited retailers and spoke to them about security and ways of detering shoplifters. Tesco offered some of their expertise to be shared with town retailers.

Police then ran a series of operations in the run-up to Christmas, which PC Oldroyd said had 'an impact'.

"Retailers have been very positive about the increased police presence in the high street," he said.

During the pre-Christmas period there were 18 offences of thieving from business premises reported in Haverhill, of which 12 have so far resulted in offenders being dealt with.

This was similar to the figures for the previous six months, although it showed a marked increase on the seasonal period last year.

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