CCTV and radios to keep shops safe from yobs and thieves

BACKING ... from left, Couns Alex Donaldson, Pat Hay and Jim Foreman.
BACKING ... from left, Couns Alex Donaldson, Pat Hay and Jim Foreman.

SHOPPERS in East Shields will feel extra safe thanks to a new radio scheme to crack down on antisocial behaviour and shoplifting.

Shopwatch retailers at The Nook, on Prince Edward Road, will be using new radios – courtesy of Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird’s Community Fund.

This will enable shops to report crimes more quickly and help identify those responsible, which will enable swifter arrests and prosecutions.

Pc Neil Morris, neighbourhood beat manager

The equipment will be used by stores which have been hit by shoplifters, and allow staff to report crimes more quickly to police, as well as alerting other shops in the scheme that the offender may be heading its way.

Coun Jim Foreman, the Cleadon Park ward’s Labour representative, is delighted with the new equipment.

He said: “It’s great to see that the second most important shopping area in South Shields has been recognised through Shopwatch.

“Shoppers can feel reassured that if there are large groups causing chaos, or shoplifters lurking about, then they will be picked up right away.” Pc Neil Morris, neighbourhood beat manager for the area, added: “We’re extremely grateful to the police and crime commissioner whose Community Fund has allowed us to purchase this new equipment.

“This will enable shops to report crimes more quickly and help identify those responsible, which will enable swifter arrests and prosecutions.”

The radio and CCTV equipment connects to the council’s control room, which has a direct link to police on the ground.

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