In addition, we fund up to eight extra days for police operations throughout the year to tackle specific issues such as Shop-Lifting Operations to support our local retailers and Persistent Begging Operations to support the wider businesses community and the general public. During December, working in collaboration with the Metropolitan police, we designed and delivered two ‘In Store Shop Lifting Operations’. The BID-funded police force worked in collaboration with retail businesses and their security teams, as well as carried Croydon BID radios, which link to the town centre CCTV team and any other stores who have the radios.
Both operations were extremely successful, and included sixteen intelligence-led searches in total that delivered the following results:-
• 1 x male arrested for shoplifting and previous theft incident
• 1 x male arrested for shoplifting, who was also wanted for burglary offences
• 1 x female found in possession of cannabis and issued a warning.
• 1 x male issued a Community resolution for £33 shoplifting (first time offence)
• 1 x female arrested for shoplifting
• 2 x males going equipped and shoplifting
These operations provide a visible presence which, in turn, creates reassurance for businesses and their customers and also helps us to promote the value and importance of sharing intelligence between businesses, security staff and the police.
Phil Crawley, Store Manager of Marks & Spencer, said:
“This operation surpassed all our expectations. The Police and my security team worked well together and it was a very successful day for us. I would certainly recommend other stores engage in similar operations and we fully support these BID-funded collaborations to tackle shoplifting in Croydon Town Centre.”
If you would like to find out more about how Croydon BID Operational Days can support your business to tackle your key crime concerns please contact Cheryll Wright, Croydon BID’s Business Crime and Safety Manager.