Distinction for anti-theft group in its 22nd year

Alan Bruce, left, co-ordinator of the Scarborough Anti Theft Group, Pat Smith, Boyes security guard, Janet Jefferson, chairman of the group, Carole Wood, Scarborough Council CCTV supervisor, and Graham Lynch, Brunswick Shopping Centre security guard. Photo by Andrew Higgins 131809b
Alan Bruce, left, co-ordinator of the Scarborough Anti Theft Group, Pat Smith, Boyes security guard, Janet Jefferson, chairman of the group, Carole Wood, Scarborough Council CCTV supervisor, and Graham Lynch, Brunswick Shopping Centre security guard. Photo by Andrew Higgins 131809b
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A distinction has been awarded to Scarborough’s anti-theft group as it is re-accredited with a Safer Business Award in its 22nd year.

The award, originally called the Safer Shopping Award, was first presented to the group in 2002.

It focuses on the success of the group, rewarding its good practice among local Safer Community Partnerships, linking retailers and other businesses with the police, council and CCTV in a bid to deter criminals from shoplifting.

The award follows a business check by Steve Booth, of the Association of Business Crime Partnerships, who was impressed by the “excellent” working practices of the group, the management and the members.

Chairman Janet Jefferson and co-ordinator Alan Bruce said they were delighted to be re-accredited with the award which they felt would boost the town’s economy, reduce the fear of crime and continue to promote Scarborough as a safe shopping destination.

Mrs Jefferson said: “Shopping is a vital part of tourism, with many of our visitors specifically coming to shop. The award is credit to the group’s 22 years of hard work by the management committee of this voluntary self-financing group. I’d like to pay tribute to all its members including our excellent shop guards, police officers, CCTV staff, the Brunswick Shopping Centre and Alan Bruce.”