THE top cop in South Derbyshire has revealed that an operation to reduce the amount of incidents of shoplifiting has proved effective in the area.
Nigel Lidsey, section inspector for area for Derbyshire Police, told the Mail that work by his officers to bring down the number has seen it fall to just two during the past week.
This comes after the Mail reported how extra officers had been allocated to try and deal with the issue after more than 40 incidents had been reported during September and October.
Insp Lidsey said: “We are pleased that our work has seen figures fall quite dramatically.
“We had figures as high as 40 incidents at one point and to see the numbers fall like they have is so pleasing and a great reflection of how hard they have worked.
“What has struck me more than anything has been the fact that the reduction has come at a time when, historically, the number of shoplifting incidents rises due to the Christmas period.
“We worked with shop owners and staff to offer them extra training and this seems to have worked.
“However, we will not let our foot off the gas and will continue to push hard to make sure that these figures stay low.
“Criminals need to know what they are doing will not be tolerated.”