Police in shoplifting blitz

Photo Ian Robinson'PC Nic Barff-Lewis and PCSO Fern Jones in Chorley where police are launching a new initiative to crack down on shoplifting
Photo Ian Robinson'PC Nic Barff-Lewis and PCSO Fern Jones in Chorley where police are launching a new initiative to crack down on shoplifting

Police in Chorley have launched a campaign to crack down on shoplifting.

Officers and PSCOs say they will be visiting local stores to “forge stronger relationships” with traders and retailers and offer crime prevention advice after an increase in shoplifting.

Figures show that, while crime in the town centre remains low, shoplifting has seen a rise, with items including food, alcohol, clothes and DVDs being targeted by thieves.

Sgt Al McMiken, who is co-ordinating the campaign, said: “We will be hitting the ground running visiting multiple shops and stores in the Chorley to talk about how to deal with shoplifting.

“It is essential that all retailers get involved with the campaign, and always remember to report attempted or actual stealing, because a failure to do so will encourage the shoplifter to come back to do it again.

“We take all shoplifting seriously and with this campaign we are specifically looking at the theft of high-value items here like alcohol, and things like electric toothbrushes. Crime remains low in Chorley, and this is simply a small blight which I hope, with some co-operation with local businesses, can be swiftly eradicated,” added Sgt McMiken.

If you are a shop owner or worker, and would like further information on the campaign, contact Sgt McMiken by emailing Alistair.Mcmiken@lancashire.pnn.police.uk.