Officers continue to target shoplifters across region

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Officers are continuing to target shoplifters across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent as part of an ongoing period of intensification which began in December 2021.

Since the end of last year, the force’s neighbourhood policing teams have been working with partners to increase visibility in retail areas and town centres in order to reduce this type of crime.

Alongside the Partnership Against Business Crime in Staffordshire (PABCIS) and Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce, officers have worked to place restrictions on those known to be prolific shoplifters so as to help address their offending.

Criminal behaviour orders have been successfully distributed in Hanley town centre, while increased patrols have also taken place at retail hubs in Talke and Cannock.

These activities have seen a significant reduction in offences – with only two instances of shoplifting being reported at a retail outlet in Talke in December, and the number of instances reported in Cannock reducing by a third, in comparison to the same period the previous year.

In Stafford borough and East Staffordshire, this proactive work saw a number of shoplifters charged with multiple offences and remanded into police custody ahead of further court appearances due later this month.

Now, the force is to continue its focus on retail businesses by supporting a weekend of action in association with Shopkind, from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 February, aimed at tackling violence against shop-workers.

Over the weekend local neighbourhood officers will attend retail premises across the region to offer support to business owners and staff as well as provide guidance on how best to protect themselves from violence, shoplifting and other associated criminality.

If you want to know more about the support available to the local business community, you can find more information on the Staffordshire Police website:

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