Police step-up patrols to stop shop thieves

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Police are carrying out extra patrols in two Northumberland towns to keep shop thieves at bay.

Additional high-profile patrols are taking place in Alnwick and Amble town centres and retail premises are being visited to support them in preventing shop thieves from stealing.

The majority of shops in the area have good quality CCTV meaning if offenders aren’t caught instantly officers will check CCTV and make public appeals to identify suspects.

The activity is part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling opportunist thieves across the force.

Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Truscott said: “We’re working with retailers in Alnwick and Amble town centres to prevent offences. Shop staff have been advised to be vigilant and we’ve been working with them regarding design layout to make it harder for offenders to steal high value goods.

“We’re keen that the public report anything suspicious they see in the area to police so we can identify suspected thieves and make sure appropriate action is taken.

“The message is clear - shoplifting is a crime and offenders will be arrested and brought to justice.”

The force is coming down hard on shop thieves, with high profile patrols taking place in towns, cities and retail areas, and Motor Patrols officers utilised to target those travelling by road to commit crime.

Insp Truscott added: “I’d like to reassure people that operations are continuing to ensure this area remains safe place for people to live and visit.”