JAN 01] WARWICK DISTRICT COUNCIL NEWS
Warwickshire Towns Set Crime Example
officers from all over the country are visiting Warwickshire to
find out the model way to combat crime in town centre shops.
Warwickshire Retail Crime Initiative is being promoted by the
Home Office as an example of best practice.
from a number of forces have already visited the town at the
suggestion of the Home Office and tomorrow a delegation will
arrive from North Yorkshire.
Police are committed to seeing the scheme role out throughout
the county with Atherstone the latest town in the county.
joined the scheme in January and within two days had arrested an
offender with seven outstanding warrants.
Bedworth retailers have been as reported being
"overwhelmingly appreciative" of the scheme which has
seen a significant decrease in retail crime over the Christmas
the expansion of the Warwickshire Retail Crime Initiative a
working party has been set up to look at how the structure will
on the way forward will be announced by early April.
Paul Smedley said:
organisation has grown out of all recognition since Royal
Leamington Spa was awarded the Safer Town status back in
are therefore meeting with all the partners in the
organisation to agree how best to move it forward.
way the organisation is growing requires us to have a highly
professional structure in place and a detailed business plan
is being developed to achieve this aim.
Coker, Leamington town centre manager, added:
Warwickshire Retail Crime Initiative has proved to be good for
all its partners. The close relationship we have with those
partners is the important strength of the Initiative.
has had a beneficial impact in every town it has been
introduced in and will help Warwickshire businesses, local
authorities in Warwickshire and Warwickshire Police in the
continual fight against all forms of town centre crime."