POLICE chiefs in South Derbyshire are taking a closer look at calls for a new body that forges closer links between industrial businesses to reduce crime.
Derbyshire Police confirmed that it was looking at launching an ‘Industrial Watch’ scheme following a suggestion by Councillor Pat Murray, who represents Woodville on South Derbyshire District Council.
It is hoped the move would allow for areas such as industrial estates in the district to be given closer attention in a bid to deter thieves.
He said: “We have Neighbourhood Watch and Farm Watch but on these industrial estates there doesn’t seem to be a police presence.
“If you go down there you would see some vehicles which are not quite right, perhaps they have no tax or the mechanics are faulty.”
Officers from Swadlincote Police Station are now discussing the possible initiative with the officers at the district council.
Similar schemes have been launched in Suffolk and Melton to great success.
Both schemes see strong links in both areas in a bid to clamp down on crimes against property, including theft and vandalism.
A town centre scheme which allows traders to stay in touch to highlight the risk of shoplifters is already in operation in Swadlincote town centre and is well regarded in the area.
If the new scheme comes to fruition, it would join several other long-established similar initiatives in the area.
Neighbourhood Watch, Pub Watch and Farm Watch are all up and running in South Derbyshire and have yielded positive results for all involved.
A spokesman for the force said: “The cost of business and retail crime is felt across many fronts.
“Far from being ‘victimless’, the effects of retail and other business crime are widely felt, on employers and employees, on customers and on the wider community.
“This is why reducing this kind of crime is so important for everyone.
“Businesses and retail outlets can be affected by a range of crimes”
More information on how to combat business crime is available by visiting www.derbyshire.police.uk