Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 10°C

ESTD 1874 Search

WIN A NEW HYUNDAI i10 - See the EADT on June 8 for full details

Southwold: Traders join forces for Shop Watch scheme

08:44 15 November 2012

Southwold

Southwold's new PCSO Amy Wegg

© Archant 2012

IT may boast some of the lowest crime figures in Waveney, but that is not stopping Southwold shopkeepers from waging a war against criminals – thanks to a new community watch scheme.

shares

More than 70 businesses throughout the town have come together to create a network of communication that allows them to quickly spread a warning if a crime occurs.

The Shop Watch Scheme is the brainchild of Southwold and Reydon Pcso Amy Wegg, who wanted to create a system that allows traders to look out for each other, as well as keeping a watchful eye on crime.

The 29-year-old, of Woodbridge, said: “The constabulary supports all sorts of community watch schemes and it used to be that what they would do was take posters of known shoplifters around to different businesses.

“But when I was looking through the posters, there were not many that were relevant to Southwold. So, I decided to encourage the businesses to set up their own Shop Watch Scheme.

“I wanted it to be something they could do themselves when a crime occurs in the town. They can ring around everybody who has signed up and hopefully stop people who are offending.”

Guy Mitchell, chairman of the Southwold and District Chamber of Trade, said: “This is a great initiative taken by our local police, which helps to bring traders together and help build a more secure environment for everybody.

“There has already been some calls alerting us to suspicious behaviour, which is helping to make shopkeepers aware.”

Between September 25 and October 30 this year, four crimes were recorded in Southwold compared to 14 in 2010.

shares

0 comments

The new Escape lounge at Stansted Airport.

A new business lounge at Stansted Airport has been used by more than 9,000 visitors in its first month.

Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King.

Proposals from pubs and brewing company Greene King designed to address concerns over its agreed acquisition of the Spirit Pub Company look set to be backed by the UK’s competition authority.

Peter Bennell of Haven Power.

Haven Power, the specialist supplier of electricity to UK businesses, has signed a deal with Thames Water worth more than £500million over the next five years.

Retail sales are

Retail sales are “bounding ahead” as falling prices and a boost to consumer spending power is giving retailers the most upbeat outlook for 27 years, according to new figures.

A Ryanair passenger plane after take off from Stansted Airport.

Budget airline Ryanair saw profits growth take off last year as a revamp designed to improve its image and attract business customers sent earnings soaring by 66%.

The New Anglia Growth Hub team, including its business growth advisers who offer free support to businesses in Suffolk and Norfolk.

New Anglia Growth Hub has beaten its target of providing support for 3,000 businesses in its first year.

Andrew Rowe, managing director of Concertus.

Andrew Rowe, managing director at Ipswich based Concertus Design & Property Consultants, has been appointed as finance director for SPACES, the new society that has been formed from a merger between SCALA (Society for Construction and Architecture in Local Authorities) and SCEME (Society of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers serving Local Government).

Greene King apprentice Tamara-Leigh Kirkham.

Greene King has been named VQ Large Employer of the Year for 2015, in recognition of its support for members of its workforce undertaking vocational qualifications (VQs).

Sizewell A and B

Staff at the redundant Sizewell A nuclear power station will have to wait to find out if their jobs are safe from planned redundancies.

The opening of Precision Marketing's new headquarters in Bury St Edmunds.

An expanding marketing services firm celebrated the official opening of its new head office in Bury St Edmunds yesterday.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages