Business leaders in Shrewsbury have welcomed a series of “targeted patrols” to crack down on crime as part of Safer Business Action Week (October 16 to 22).
Patrols have been out in Shrewsbury town centre, Sundorne and Meole Brace during Safer Business Action Week (October 16 to 22) as part of an ongoing drive to crack down on crime.
The national week of action aims to reduce business crime in towns and city centres across the UK. Shrewsbury BID is working with West Mercia Police and other partners to reassure businesses in Shrewsbury that the town remains a safe place to live, work and visit.
Stephanie Mansell-Jones, business liaison at Shrewsbury BID, said: “We are pleased that West Mercia Police is conducting targeted patrols in Shrewsbury town centre, both with Safer Neighbourhood Team officers, as well as officers drafted in from surrounding areas and specialist teams.
“We are continuing to work with the police, Shrewsbury Town Council and Shropshire Council on a range of initiatives, including the newly-formed Anti-social Behaviour Taskforce, to identify offenders, gather evidence, and ensure action is taken to protect the trading environment, residents, and other users of the town centre.”
Inspector Ben Tanfield, from Shrewsbury Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Tackling business crime is an important focus for the police here in Shrewsbury, with operations and investigations carried out all-year round. Safer Business Action Week is an opportunity to highlight that acquisitive crimes such as shoplifting and fraud have a major impact on the lives and livelihoods of the communities we serve.
“Officers from the Shrewsbury Safer Neighbourhood Team along with the Neighbourhood Crime Fighting Team have been out in Shrewsbury all last week. We have run several operations in the town centre, Sundorne and Meole Brace. The operations have used uniformed and plain clothed officers, building on the success of our previous ‘Op Darwin’ activity.
“We work closely with Shrewsbury BID and I would encourage all town centre businesses and venues to sign up to Shrewsbury Watch if they haven’t already done so.”
Shrewsbury BID, with support from the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and Shropshire Council, funds the Shrewsbury Rangers who regularly patrol the town centre to help reduce crime and provide extra visual reassurance for businesses and the public.
Discussions are ongoing about continuing the project once the initial funding programme comes to an end, with businesses being very positive about the impact the rangers have had in the town centre.
Stephanie added: “We know that businesses appreciate the extra support provided by the rangers, so we are actively talking with partners about the future. It’s clear that by working together we can continue to make Shrewsbury a safe and enjoyable destination.”
Businesses are asked to report all crime and anti-social behaviour to ensure that police have a clear picture of offenders and strong evidence to support enforcement measures.
If a crime is ongoing dial 999 for immediate support. For non-urgent incidents call 101 or report online at www.westmercia.police.uk