Shop Theft – Scunthorpe Town Centre
A main priority for the Town Centre continues to be shop theft. Shop theft is the biggest single category of crime in Town, making up 26% of recorded crime. Starting in April 2019 we have put in place a new plan. This includes:
Targeting those who cause the community the most harm by seeking orders on them to exclude them from the Town Centre;
Working with local drugs services to get offenders who use illegal drugs the support they need to recover;
Holding another set of meetings with managers from the 10 most impacted stores to design out crime;
The ShopWatch scheme is being changed to focus on preventing crime and disrupting or deterring offenders;
Shop theft investigations are being improved by adding more features to in-store evidence packs;
Officers being chosen to go out on foot patrol around the Town Centre daily.
Shop theft has gone down by 9.9% when you compare January – April 2019 with the same 4 months in 2018.
We have seen some positive results with a number of offenders being prosecuted - you can read more here: https://www.humberside.police.uk/news/five-court-following-shop-theft-crackdown