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DESIGNING OUT CRIME

Co-op crackdown yields results

Investment in a scheme aimed at reducing crime at Central England Co-op stores has yielded significant results.

The convenience store has seen burglaries and robberies drop by six and 30 per cent respectively.

The news comes a year after Central England Co-op introduced a string of measures to crack down on crime.

This included fitting stores with external motion detectors and a centrally monitored CCTV system that enables staff to call for assistance at the touch of a button.

The retailer has also introduced product GPS trackers, additional ATM anchors, gas suppression systems and stringent cash controls.

Craig Goldie, loss prevention advisor at Central England Co-op, said: “We are so proud to have recorded big drops in the levels of burglaries and robberies at our stores following the successful rollout of a range of new measures last year to combat the problem.

“All of these measures have, as the figures show, already started to deter criminals and, most importantly, ensure our colleagues and customers feel safe."

 

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