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Police operation set to tackle shoplifting
3:52pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A NEIGHBOURHOOD beat team is launching a scheme to clampdown on shoplifting and anti-social behaviour in the run up to Christmas.
Operation Elmer will run throughout the festive period and officers will be working with retailers on the Bishop Auckland Shopping Park, St Helen Auckland, to keep shoppers safe.
Police will be carrying out high-visibility patrols on foot and in vehicles and there will be the opportunity to chat to them. A mobile police station will park at a variety of locations at different times throughout the operation which will enable people to pick up crime prevention advice and community safety tips.
PC Kimberley Marshall, of Bishop Auckland police, said: “Operation Ruby was launched last year which was highly successful, both crime and anti social behaviour remained low and we forged great links with all shops in the area who are all members of an excellent shop watch scheme which enables staff and security guards to have radio contact with the neighbourhood police team.”
Daily updates on the operation will be available on Facebook and Twitter.
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