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Traders Urged To Unite For CCTV

Traders in the Stoke area of Coventry are being urged to join a major anti-crime crusade and to add support to a campaign for CCTV cameras.

Officers based at Chace Avenue police station are urging people to help sustain the momentum of the re-launched Ball Hill Traders Action Group.

The group was sparked back into life in response to a spate of burglaries in the area in March.

More than 50 traders attended the re-launch meeting, which as well as police officers, included representatives from Coventry Chamber of Commerce and the Action Against Crime team.

At the time, Sergeant Graham Cramp spoke of the positive feeling in the area with "a genuine effort being made by all concerned to create an opportunity for sustained crime reduction."

Now Acting Sergeant Jacqui Mircetic and a representative from the Area Co-ordination Action Against Crime team will be knocking on doors in the area hoping to recruit more members from the major businesses in Ball Hill.

A/Sgt Mircetic said:

"Sergeant Cramp told the traders that crime reduction was not going to be an overnight fix.

"This is true but we want to maintain the interest and good will of the traders and push the Action Group forward.

"Our main aim, as well as crime prevention and catching those responsible for the burglaries, is to obtain CCTV for the area.

"We have sent out letters to all the traders, major businesses, banks, schools and public houses in the area.

"I and a representative from the Action Against Crime team will be following up these letters by personal visits to everyone on Thursday, 8 June.

"We are determined to do all we can to help the traders, but we do need the support of everyone before we can get the cameras.

"There will be another meeting of the Business Action Group at the Old Ball Hotel at 6.30pm on Tuesday 20 June.

"We hope that everyone will make an effort to attend this and we have also personally invited representatives from local Neighbourhood Watch groups.

"Everyone in the Ball Hill area has a part to play and we would appeal for support to continue our fight against crime."

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