A problem-solving initiative aimed at preventing and reducing shop theft has been launched by the Gedling South neighbourhood policing team.

A high-visibility operation, involving patrolling officers in full uniform and marked police vehicles, was carried out at the Victoria Retail Park in Netherfield to deter thieves and reassure businesses as part of the ongoing initiative.

Officers spoke to store bosses during the targeted operation, checking to see if they had experienced any issues, as well as reminding them to report any offences promptly and accurately and to use the Shop Watch radio scheme – which enables businesses to contact each other and alert other retailers and the police when persistent shoplifters are in the area.

PCSO Allan Cooke said: “We can’t solve this problem alone. Partnership working is key to tackling this issue which is one of our local priorities in Gedling. 

“We are working closely with partners, including Gedling Borough Council, council wardens, CCTV operators, and Safer Streets wardens, to tackle shop theft and we’re also working with local retailers, educating them about product placement in stores and communicating with each other using the Shop Watch radio system, so they can share intelligence. 

The officers were also on the lookout for known offenders, based on intelligence gathered, to help protect businesses and their customers from the harm caused by shop thieves.