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SHOP WATCH GETS NEW ONLINE SERVICE

A new website for the Isle of Wight is set to assist Shop Watch members with tackling crime across the Island.

Island-based company Fresh Start have launched their new site, www.iwshopwatch.co.uk, to assist members of the Shop Watch scheme in cracking down on crime.

The website is designed to strengthen swifter communications between Shop Watch members, the police and partner agencies on the Isle of Wight.

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One of the project’s leaders is Hampshire Constabulary Isle of Wight-based Safer Neighbourhoods team police constable, PC Stuart Ross. “Hampshire Constabulary wants to make the most of technology so we can protect the people we serve from those who would cause them harm. We know retail staff are not just up against shoplifters, they can also come face-to-face with organised thieves, caught quickly by police after high-profile crimes against businesses here in recent years.

“Shops are an integral part of the community because of their contribution to the local economy and people’s livelihoods. We’re always grateful to businesses for their co-operation in sending a clear warning to criminals that their activities will never be tolerated on our island.”

The Isle of Wight Shop Watch website allows members to exchange information securely online so any suspicious behaviour can be reported, crimes prevented, and criminals identified, arrested and prosecuted. The online service also aims to reinforce trust and confidence between businesses, police and partner agencies in ensuring awareness and understanding about changes in the law and regulations.

David Lunn from Fresh Start said:  “This has been an exciting project to work on and I’ve been privileged to be involved from the early stages. Hampshire Constabulary has helped produce a facility that all businesses, from the largest supermarkets to the smallest corner shops, can use to help keep shops safe for staff and customers. The hard work of all involved, especially PC Stuart Ross, who has driven this project forward, will be of benefit to all members of the Isle of Wight Shop Watch as they share information efficiently in a new way.”

Picture: Hampshire Constabulary

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