Seasonal drive to tackle shop theft together

Christmas Crime team Scarboroughs Anti Theft Christmas retail group led by Janet Jefferson outside the Brunswick.Picture Richard Ponter 134817

Christmas Crime team Scarboroughs Anti Theft Christmas retail group led by Janet Jefferson outside the Brunswick.Picture Richard Ponter 134817

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A scheme has been launched in Scarborough to tackle shoplifting and anti-social behaviour in the town centre on the run-up to Christmas.

The project, called Operation Hat, will involve partnership working between Scarborough Anti Theft Group, North Yorkshire Police and Safer Communities.

Cllr Janet Jefferson, chairman of Scarborough Anti Theft Group, explained: “We will be working together to try and prevent shop theft, purse theft and anti-social behaviour.

“We have more than 90 inter-linking radios throughout the town and we work closely with CCTV operators.

“People can advise each other if known offenders have been into their shop and we can support each other closely.”

Cllr Jefferson added that there will also be a stronger police presence in town over the Christmas period, with Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) patrolling the area.

She said: “In the past, we have seen a rise in theft and anti-social behaviour at this time of year.

“Everyone needs to be more vigilant - we need to do what we can to look after our customers and staff.”

Cllr Jefferson added that nationally, there has also been a notable increase in food theft, possibly because people are struggling financially.