POLICE in South Derbyshire have revealed that they are ‘determined’ to put an end to a rise in shoplifting in the run up to Christmas.
Derbyshire Police section inspector Nigel Lidsey (pictured) revealed that the crime was officers ‘number one priority’ in the area after figures continued to increase following a significant spike during the past few months.
The area’s top cop also urged residents to be ‘extra careful’ during the festive period as opportunist thieves will be looking to steal presents and ruin Christmas.
Insp Lidsey told the Mail: “We are continuing to have issues with shoplifting and this is currently our biggest issue in the area.
“We are starting to make inroads but, with Christmas fast upon us, we want to make sure we stamp this problem out now before it escalates.
“Officers are working with stores across the district, offering training to staff and also acting as a deterrent.
“We are also making greater use of intelligence that we have been gathering and also information from the public.
“Technology such as CCTV is also proving to be a great help.”
Insp Lidsey revealed that crime in the area was down 10 per cent compared to last year and that the shoplifting spike was the only blot on the copybook.
He added: “I would also like to urge people to make sure they are extra careful in the run up to Christmas.
“This is the time of year that people have presents on display and the last thing we want is for someone to come home to find everything taken during the festive season.
“I would advise people to double check all doors and windows and make sure presents are kept out of view.”
It was also revealed that there were no arrests during the recent Swadlincote lights switch-on.