Sunderland Shopwatch scheme wins award

24 Mar 2016 12:31 PM

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A Sunderland Shopwatch scheme has won a regional award.

Earlier this month, the North East Retail Crime Partnership (NERCP) held its annual conference - a regional conference for those involved in preventing Retail Crime in the North East and North Yorkshire.

NERCP awarded those who have made an outstanding contribution to preventing retail crime and, for the second consecutive awards, Sunderland city centre's Shopwatch scheme won the highest accolade of the day - the award for 'Best Shopwatch scheme in the Region'.

The Shopwatch scheme is a partnership between local retailers and shopping centres which is supported by police. In Sunderland, the city centre's scheme sees local retailers and the Bridges Shopping Centre working together to share information to help prevent and detect not just shoplifting but other acquisitive crimes, such as pick-pocketing, in the city centre.

The work of the scheme and its effective information sharing helps make the city centre even safer.

Laura Hartland Adams from the Sunderland BID recently took over as the new Chair of Sunderland City Centre Shopwatch.

She said: "Fantastic news that the scheme has won the award.  It’s recognition of the great work of the city centre Police and the businesses do and I’m so glad that Sunderland BID are joining in with this partnership."

Andrew Bradley from The Bridges Shopping Centre said: "We are delighted that Sunderland has won  this prestigious award for the second year running and that the partnership between retailers and the police is working well.

"It also shows our shoppers that we are committed to ensuring that the city is a safe place to visit and stamping out crime in the city centre."

The scheme is supported by police from the Sunderland Central Neighbourhood Policing Team.

The team's Neighbourhood Inspector, Jamie Southwell, said: "The scheme is undoubtedly invaluable in supporting the work the neighbourhood policing team does to tackle acquisitive crime in the city centre and I'm delighted that it has been recognised for the second year running.

"Excellent partnership working and information sharing is crucial and its scheme such as these that really do help make a difference."

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