POLICE officers have increased patrols along a busy shopping high street to crackdown on shoplifting and antisocial behaviour.
Ashby High Street has been the recipient of a renewed focus by officers in North West Leicestershire to try and deal with an escalation of several crime related matters in the area.
Officers and PCSOs have also been patrolling the main retail areas in the town and visiting businesses to provide crime prevention advice.
They are also working with the North West Leicestershire Retail Crime Initiative to reduce incidents of shoplifting, theft, pick pocketing and antisocial behaviour.
PC Mark Arjoo, beacon officer for the Ashby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:
“We have a good relationship with the North West Leicestershire Retail Crime Initiative, and I would strongly urge the owners of any retail business in Ashby who are not members to get involved.
“As we start the countdown towards Christmas I am keen to put in measures that will enable businesses and shoppers to stay crime free.”
Investigations are currently taking place as to whether the rise in incidents in the town is linked to a similar rise in areas of South Derbyshire.
Officers are currently liaising with counterparts at Derbyshire Police.
The North West Leicestershire Retail Crime Initiative is a partnership arrangement where the police, CCTV control room, the retailers and licensees of Ashby pass on information about criminal activity and other incidents to each other via digital retail radio.
Anyone with information about crime and antisocial behaviour in the area is urged to call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
Further information about the North West Leicestershire Retail Crime Initiative is available by emailing Dean O’Shea, co-ordinator, on firstname.lastname@example.org