The ShopWatch Scheme
Notes October 2017
NUMBER OF SPALDING MEMBERS - 33
NUMBER OF PUBWATCH MEMBERS - 16
NUMBER OF HOLBEACH MEMBERS - 11
POSSIBLES: ST BARNABAS HOSPICE, BUY IT/SELL IT/SWOP IT.
NUMBER EXCLUDED AT SPALDING AT TIME OF REPORT: 37 (This includes 15 under Pubwatch, 4 of which have lifetime bans).
NUMBER EXCLUDED AT HOLBEACH AT TIME OF REPORT: 4
None at this time.
Spalding and Sleaford Shopwatch Coordinator
CRASH (Crime Reduction Action South Holland) was created in June 2006 and started to operate from 1st April 2007. It was a partnership set up to tackle crime against business along with being a deterrent towards antisocial behaviour in the district. Initially funds to set up the scheme came from Spalding Town Forum, the Crime & Disorder Partnership, Lincs Police, and Action Against Business Crime.
In 2008/09 £10K of European Union funding was secured to develop the project and this helped CRASH remain solvent and not have to request funding from scheme members for a considerable period.
The scheme was transferred in 2012 to the Spalding Area of the Chamber of Commerce and renamed ShopWatch. Lincolnshire Chamber operate a number of ShopWatch schemes throughout the county.
SOME SAD FACTS
HOW IT WORKS
ShopWatch is a scheme which brings businesses together for the common purpose of reducing retail crime.This is primarily achieved through a radio network linked to the police and enables members to pass prompt warnings to each other when they spot known shoplifters heading their way or crimes in the area. The two-way radio is monitored by the local town CCTV and police beat teams who attempt to respond to calls for assistance from our shops.
ShopWatch has led to arrests and prosecutions for retail crime, the return of stock, and shop staff feel safer knowing there’s a community of at least 30 retailers watching out and listening in to what’s going on in our busy shopping streets.
A photograph gallery of "banned" individuals is produced and updated monthly. This list is circulated to all ShopWatch members.
Our ShopWatch Co-ordinator meets the police regularly to discuss any incidents, share their and members concerns.
WHAT MEMBERS THINK OF SHOPWATCH
HOW TO JOIN
Shopwatch is open to retailers and other businesses in Spalding. To join or learn more about the scheme you can contact Stuart Brotherton. Stuart retired from Lincolnshire Police in 2013 after 30 years service and has a wealth of experience on crime and community issues.
Tel: 01775 719514