A new scheme to stop shoplifters in Tadcaster has been launched in Tadcaster.
Tadcaster Shop Watch was unveiled last Wednesday in the town by representatives from Tadcaster Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, Tadcaster Community Engagement Forum and Selby District CSP (Community Safety Partnership).
As part of the new project, a network of radios and telephones across shops in the town are linked to alert shop staff to any retail crime or suspicious behaviour nearby. Police officers and PCSOs in the area will also be linked into this network via radio. The project follows a number of reported thefts and use of fraudulent money within the Tadcaster area over recent months.
Mayor of Tadcaster, Coun Steve Cobb, said: “This initiative is supported by local businesses, the town council and the Community Engagement Forum.
“Should there be an incident in a shop other shop owners and the police will be quickly alerted by radio.
“This super initiative from the North Yorkshire Police Safer Neighbourhoods Team will make shopkeepers and people shopping in Tadcaster stores feel a lot safer in what is already a low-crime town.”
Seven shop owners attended the launch last Wednesday, with 33 businesses signing up to the scheme. As part of the new project, window stickers have also been handed out to shop staff.
PCSO Neil Charlton, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Tadcaster may only be a small town but Tadcaster Shop Watch has shown just how North Yorkshire Police, local shop owners, Tadcaster Community Engagement Forum and Selby Community Partnerhsip value this community.”