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Southwold: Traders join forces for Shop Watch scheme

08:44 15 November 2012

Southwold's new PCSO Amy Wegg

Southwold's new PCSO Amy Wegg

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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.

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.

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