Retailers in Haverhill have upped their fight against shoplifters by signing up to a new Shop Watch scheme.
The Shop Watch scheme that had been in operation has been replaced by www.shopwatchonline.co.uk and police in Haverhill are keen to get as many retailers as possible to sign up.
PCSO Les Scott, the scheme’s co-ordinator, said: “Everything can be accessed via the internet by businesses that have signed up to it and it is secure.
“The scheme allows bulletins to be passed to members about retail crime.
“Also, any banned persons names are posted on the system with photos, so the shops know they are banned under the scheme. The banned persons on the list are decided by the members themselves.”
It costs just £1.66 per month to be part of the scheme, and so far Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Argos, Peacocks, Henderson’s Newsagents and Hughes are signed up.
The scheme also provides businesses with stickers for doors and windows to act as a deterrent to thieves, free security advice and opportunities for networking with other local businesses.
Charles Revell, the manager of Peacocks, said: “It’s about having somebody there on the radio that you can call and get support quickly.
“You can get information across the town quickly that you need assistance because sometimes people are known to us and sometimes you have to react in an instant.”
Inspector Peter Ferrie, from Haverhill Police, said: “We need to get all the shops on board so we can share information and crack down on it (shop lifting).”