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Monday, October 22, 2012
Shoplifters in the Fens are being targeted with special signs in stores.
Cambridgeshire police, Fenland District Council and nine shops in Wisbech have teamed up to create shelf-edge messages which send a direct message to thieves.
The signs, which are in three languages, warn would-be shoplifters they are being watched and that more than 1,500 arrests were made during 2011/12 for such crimes.
The messages are in English, Lithuanian and Polish - after analysis showed offenders were most likely to speak those languages.
They will be placed on shelf edges next to items usually targeted by thieves - alcohol, meat, cheese and beauty products.
Insp Robin Sissons, of Cambridgeshire police, said: “Shoplifting remains a priority for us and we are committed to coming up with new and innovative ways to tackle this type of crime. Using the shelf-edge messages allows us to send a direct message to offenders to make them think twice. The message is simple: We will not tolerate shoplifting. If you steal from a shop you will be arrested and put before the courts.”
Leaflets will also be handed out in places of worship, recruitment agencies and estate agents.