The anti theft group was formed back in 1991 with just 5 members and over the years has grown to a current membership of over 90.
The main aim of the group is to help reduce and prevent criminality and anti–social behaviour within the Scarborough area.
The group sees its objectives as being the prevention, detection and reducing the opportunity to commit crime and anti–social behaviour. To exclude prolific and persistent offenders from members premises and to help with the apprehension and/or prosecution of offenders. This in turn will help reduce business crime losses for members and help create a safe and secure environment for both customers and staff.
A further objective for the group is to strengthen partnerships already formed with police, local authority and other agencies and to be an integral part of the local Community Safety Strategy.
Many members already have use of a Shop Link two-way digital radio, which they use in the sending and receiving of relevant information between themselves the CCTV monitoring station and when appropriate, the local police. This link up has proved to be the single most effective tool in helping to achieve the group’s objectives. It has enabled the identification and movement of regular offenders and has the ability to track in real time any offences that may be in progress. This digital radio system covers almost the whole of the Scarborough area.
These notices are in addition to the retailer’s existing rights. When applied they can exclude persistent offenders from all participating shops or entire areas of the town..
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In the event of a problem, members enjoy the security of being able to instantly contact other members and or the CCTV Control room, either in their own stores or anywhere within the radio catchment area.
Members of the public are better protected in the event of incidents such as street theft, anti social behaviour, accident, sudden illness, lost children and missing persons, as it is possible to send out immediate alerts over the link enabling the support of all those in a position to assist.
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