Retailer in Middlesbrough pays for extra police patrols to combat rise in theft and anti-social behaviour

The Northern Echo: Cleveland Police increase patrols thanks to retailer funding Cleveland Police increase patrols thanks to retailer funding

A RETAILER has been praised for taking the initiative to reduce shoplifting and other crimes by providing funding to pay for extra police patrols.

Following talks with officers from Cleveland Police’s integrated neighbourhood team (INT) which covers the Skippers Lane area, in Middlesbrough, the property management company for Cleveland Retail Park, Hammerson plc, offered the cash to pay for a three-month trial period.

Insp Guy Hall of the INT said: “A force-wide campaign against shoplifting was launched earlier this year, but unfortunately we had been seeing an increase in crime and antisocial behaviour in this particular retail park.

“As we were approaching one of the busiest times of the year for retailers, we decided to take decisive crime prevention action with the help of the retail park managers at Skippers Lane.

"We should all benefit from this collaboration in terms of reassuring the public with more officers present and visible on the ground - and fewer instances of shoplifting and ASB.”

Collin Farrow, assistant director of Retail Parks at Hammerson plc said: “This is a great opportunity for the community, police and retailers to work together to reduce crime. We are delighted to be able to provide funding and support this important initiative.”

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7:04pm Tue 7 Jan 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

No No im sorry, don't go ripping off businesses to fund police shortfalls, get those Lazy PCSO'S (CSO'S) to do there job properly, and actually do what they're paid for.
I'm around that area all the time and there either in the petrol station drinking coffee, in the security huts, or tossing it off in businesses where they just sit.
Also how about getting the cops out the cars and on foot, or is it too cold.
No No im sorry, don't go ripping off businesses to fund police shortfalls, get those Lazy PCSO'S (CSO'S) to do there job properly, and actually do what they're paid for. I'm around that area all the time and there either in the petrol station drinking coffee, in the security huts, or tossing it off in businesses where they just sit. Also how about getting the cops out the cars and on foot, or is it too cold. NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 13

8:07pm Tue 7 Jan 14

CLEVELANDPC says...

I hate to admit it but I'm with no Einstein on this one - wrong , wrong , wrong . Does this guy however good his intentions effectively own the police or treated differently because he pays their wage ? I thought only the mafia were into protection rackets ?
I hate to admit it but I'm with no Einstein on this one - wrong , wrong , wrong . Does this guy however good his intentions effectively own the police or treated differently because he pays their wage ? I thought only the mafia were into protection rackets ? CLEVELANDPC
  • Score: 11

8:30pm Tue 7 Jan 14

stevegg says...

This is a dangerous road their going down prioitising patrols on the ability to pay! Fair enough if the money is used to recruit ADDITIONAL officers who are dedicated to those areas (albeit under police control) but to pull existing officers away from other areas when taxpayers are paying for these services anyway! Why dont they just fund a competent security firm instead, the police shouldnt be for hire to the highest bidder.
This is a dangerous road their going down prioitising patrols on the ability to pay! Fair enough if the money is used to recruit ADDITIONAL officers who are dedicated to those areas (albeit under police control) but to pull existing officers away from other areas when taxpayers are paying for these services anyway! Why dont they just fund a competent security firm instead, the police shouldnt be for hire to the highest bidder. stevegg
  • Score: 14

9:06pm Tue 7 Jan 14

sineater says...

Competant security firm,what like g4s !!
Competant security firm,what like g4s !! sineater
  • Score: 0

10:06pm Tue 7 Jan 14

CLEVELANDPC says...

Makes you wonder who's bank account all these "savings" DC keeps telling about go into, I agree, again why is this guy paying the police ? Has the force been privatised already and no on told me about it ?
Makes you wonder who's bank account all these "savings" DC keeps telling about go into, I agree, again why is this guy paying the police ? Has the force been privatised already and no on told me about it ? CLEVELANDPC
  • Score: 9

10:26pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Claude Ted says...

A dangerous path to tread. The public pay more than enough in rates to expect the correct level of police cover & it should never be based on ability to pay!
If this force hadn't wasted so much cash giving away our cash maybe they wouldn't be in this position.
Where have all the savings gone from the privatisation deal with Steria, they were claiming millions!
A dangerous path to tread. The public pay more than enough in rates to expect the correct level of police cover & it should never be based on ability to pay! If this force hadn't wasted so much cash giving away our cash maybe they wouldn't be in this position. Where have all the savings gone from the privatisation deal with Steria, they were claiming millions! Claude Ted
  • Score: 7

10:49pm Tue 7 Jan 14

darloboss says...

must agree with NO EINSTEIN hammer nail spot on
must agree with NO EINSTEIN hammer nail spot on darloboss
  • Score: 5

8:34am Wed 8 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

"OCP own the cops". Just a line from Robocop, that may hit home very shortly.
"OCP own the cops". Just a line from Robocop, that may hit home very shortly. Jackaranda
  • Score: 3

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