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New Scheme Launched to Cut Shop Crime in Staveley

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins helps DNCC launch its new ShopWatch SchemeShopkeepers in Staveley will be given a new weapon in the fight against retail crime with the launch of a new retail security scheme.

The ShopWatch initiative will be facilitated by the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce’s (DNCC) BusinessWatch service, in partnership with Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership and local retailers.

Under the scheme, members are provided with two-way radios which are used to alert other ShopWatch users, along with the local CCTV Control Room, of any incident or suspicious activity.

The CCTV Control Room is in direct radio contact with Police and Community Support officers in the town and will alert them if necessary. There is no registration fee to join ShopWatch, just a small weekly charge for radio rental which includes maintenance and training.

The Chamber already operates Chesterfield's ShopWatch scheme, which now has more than 70 users.

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins: “I’m delighted to see the ShopWatch scheme, which has been a real success in Chesterfield, being extended into Staveley.

“Hopefully, it will mean that hard-pressed small businesses in the town get the support they need to protect themselves against crime and ensure that more of the money they are generating can be spent on making themselves become more successful.”

DNCC’s BusinessWatch Manager, Andy Watterson, said: “The Chamber is pleased to be extending the ShopWatch scheme into Staveley in a bid to help reduce retail crime in the town.

“Crime remains a serious issue to retailers of all sizes and can have a huge knock-on impact on the economy in general, so it is absolutely crucial that shops do all they can to protect their premises, equipment, stock, staff and customers.”

Alan Charles, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner gave his full support for the new ShopWatch scheme. He said: “It is really important that retail businesses support each other by the use of the ShopWatch scheme and have access to local police officers. I hope this new scheme proves to be successful.”

Police Sergeant Dave Harrison, of the Chesterfield Community Safety Partnerships, said: “This initiative provides varying levels of support for local retailers of all sizes. We would also encourage retailers in neighbouring towns to Chesterfield to contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information on the ShopWatch initiative.”

Councillor Sharon Blank, Chesterfield Borough Council's executive member for customers and communities said: "I am delighted that the borough's ShopWatch scheme has been extended to Staveley to improve the safety of residents, businesses and shoppers.

"I am also proud that the Healthy Living Centre will be hosting the radio link for the scheme and that, through the radio, the staff there will be able to report issues to the police and raise the alarm if necessary."

Ruth Nixon, Managing Director of Zycomm Electronics Ltd, which has provided the two-way radios for the scheme, said: “Zycomm is always happy to assist with any initiatives which help to improve our communities.”

For further information about ShopWatch, visit www.businesswatch.org.uk or call 01246 207207.