Headlines: May 30th, 2000

A new award scheme has highlighted those shopping centres that are adopting the best methods to reduce retail crime and ensure a safe and secure environment for people to shop.The ‘Safer Shopping Awards’ have been initiated by the Home Office’s Retail Crime Reduction Action Team (RCRAT) as part of its 400 million pound crime reduction programme.

Among the first three winners was Manchester, which has a partnership arrangement between city centre retailers, Crown Prosecution Service, Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Police to use city centre CCTV, retail radio links, and exclusion notices to keep offenders out of the centre.

The other winners were Wolverhampton and Romford in London.

The Retail Crime Reduction Action Team has published a “Safer Shopping Award” standard along with guidance material to help those towns and cities that want to follow Manchester’s example.

RCRAT is helping to organise three roadshows explain the award scheme and to introduce retailers, police and other agencies to successful methods of reducing retail crime through partnership. These will take place at Arsenal FC on 13 June, Manchester United FC on 5 July and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC on 12 July. Contact 0870 603 8764 for details.