Alcester Police North SNT. Latest Weekly Report. Sunday 7th June 2020
This is our latest weekly report and prompt to see if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns for the Alcester Police North SNT. Thank you to those that have contacted the Team this week. If you would like to be removed from this email circulation list, please let me know asap.
Incidents of public interest from the last week:-
- Anti-Social Behaviour. Coughton Fields Lane Area, Coughton. Report of several 4×4’s causing a nuisance by off roading in the area. Damage being causing to the land, some of it private. The noise they cause also causing an issue. On-going problem. 6.50pm Monday 1st June. 0351 01/06/2020, Further incidents reported on the 31st May.
- Theft. Store, Studley. Two men have entered the store and have stolen several items by way of shoplifting. First man described as white, late 30’s, 5’ 6”, slim build, clean shaven, wearing a black baseball cap, black t-shirt, blue jeans and black trainers. Second male described as white, late 20’s, 5’ 8”, slim build, bald head, stubbly beard, wearing a black shirt, black joggers with white stripes down the side. 9pm Friday 5th June. 0139 07/06/2020
- Theft. Store, Studley. A man has entered the store and has stolen various items by way of shoplifting. Described as white, 5’ 9”, slim build, Mohican haircut, black tracksuit bottoms, pink trainers, 1.25pm Friday 5th June. 0171 05/06/2020
- Theft. Bromsgrove Road, Studley. Two men from a white van have stolen clothes from the charity collection point. The registration number ended in ‘RKA’. 6.05am Tuesday 2nd June. 0134 02/06/2020
- Anti-Social Behaviour. Golf Course and Land off William James Way, Henley, near to the River. People gathering at the location resulting in litter being left on the land and also in the river. Items include nitrous oxide bottles, beer cans and broken bottles etc. Ongoing issue. Saturday 30th / 31st May – 1st June. 0112 01/06/2020
- Robbery. Shop, Umberslade Road, Earlswood. Two men wearing hoodies and carrying bags have entered the shop and have stolen various items. They were challenged but were able to make their escape. Intel from the area suggest they ran to a Blue Ford Focus with a registration number ending in ‘XRW’ which was waiting for them. 6pm Tuesday 2nd June. 0386 02/06/2020
- Drugs. Small Lane, Earlswood. Person stop checked by police patrol found to be in possession of two small bags of cannabis. Street Caution issued. 8.10pm Thursday 4th June.
- Anti-Social Behaviour. Earlswood. We have received several reports this week of ASB and problems in the area around The Lakes. The Team continue to patrol the area and will deal with any offences as required.
Could you spot a shoplifter? – Here is some advice predominantly for business owners, but we include it in this week’s report as it may be of interest to the general public.
So what do you think a shoplifter looks like? They’re not exactly what you’d expect. They’re extremely good at blending in with shoppers, but you might be able to spot a shoplifter by their behaviour. Here are a few tell-tale signs to look out for. Many shoplifters dress smartly and will often speak to you, joke with you and engage with you. They don’t always work alone and they may try to relax or distract you while an accomplice steals. They’re good at creating diversions, especially when you have unlocked a cabinet or display. Don’t fall for it. Get one of your staff to assist you. A key part of dealing with shoplifters is by having strong security such as a member of staff near any doors; by knowing your clientele; by encouraging staff to remain alert; and by intelligent use of security devices.
How to spot a shoplifter – There are a number of tell-tale signs that flag up a shoplifter. But remember, the following does not necessarily mean the person is guilty. Be aware that you are responsible for your behaviour, both legally and commercially. We recommend that you keep an eye on shoppers who:
- Seem to be watching you and the staff rather than shopping and may be waiting for the right moment to steal an item
- They may be carrying large bags ready to put items into straight off the shelves
- Seem to want to keep your attention and talk for the sake of it – possibly because an accomplice is elsewhere stealing
- Look like they’re taking little notice of your products
- Seem a little nervous and possibly pick up random items with little interest
- Keep refusing your offer of help or assistance
- Frequently enter your store and never make a purchase
- Want you to unlock and open cabinets but don’t buy anything
What to do if you see a shoplifter in action – If you see them take something then ask them politely to put the item back but be careful to keep your tone neutral and back off if you feel threatened. Always be sure they’ve taken something before you speak to them – and only if you feel it’s safe to do so. Once you’re sure that they are indeed a shoplifter, call the Police.
Wheelie Bin Thefts – Although not listed in the report we usually have a couple of wheelie bin thefts reported to us each week. There may be a legitimate reason why your bin has gone missing so please check with the Council and your neighbours before reporting the theft. Otherwise here is some crime prevention tips:-
- Clearly mark your bin with your postcode and house number. Stickers that make it unique can also be used as long as it does not interfere with the collection process.
- When the bins are not out for collection, secure them to a wall or fence with a chain or similar locking device.
- Arrange for the bin to be returned to a safe place as soon after collection as possible. A neighbour or friend may do this for you if needed.
- Make sure that you bin is not obstructing the highway or access to your neighbour’s property.
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