Shop theft: The Yarborough ward area has quite a large number of shops and retail premises compared to other ward areas which in turn brings a greater risk of opportunity for shop theft. We are currently experiencing a high level of thefts from shops across the Yarborough Ward and the neighbourhood policing team are working with the shops to try and look at ways of preventing and deterring thefts.
The local PCSO's and neighbourhood policing team have a good rapport with the staff at all the shops and will always include targeted patrols around the stores during our general patrols.
We also conduct surgeries within stores to act as a deterrent and show high visibility presence within the stores. These surgeries are advertised via social media and within the store.
** A successful "Supermarket Surgery" was held at Lidl on Cromwell Road on 18/01/20. Many customers were spoken to and there was a high visibility police presence within the store to deter theft. The next planned surgery will be at the Lidl store on Cromwell Road on Saturday 22/02/20. See below for further details.
*Update* - In order to help combat shop theft some of the larger stores now have a secure WhattsApp group and have added other stores on the ward area in to a group chat where the stores can share information with each other regarding potential offenders who have attended their stores. Although we are not part of this group it is a good way for the stores to warn each other of certain individuals who may be attending their stores.