Great Yarmouth shoplifting crackdown hailed a ‘success’

A CRACKDOWN on shoplifting in the run up to Christmas has been hailed a success after figures showed thefts had dropped by 18pc.

Police launched Operation Advent in Great Yarmouth town centre, stepping up patrols in key areas and working with Town Centre Partnership street wardens, CCTV operators and shop security staff to try to reduce the number of offences and detect more crimes.

This year there were 14 offences in the central Yarmouth area and Sergeant Tony Blackman said the campaign had been a success.

He said: 'The overall result for central Yarmouth was an 18pc reduction in reported shop theft and this has been achieved through a high profile presence, targeting known offenders and regular liaison with store staff.

'Theft from shops is not a victimless crime. It can have a significant effect on smaller retailers and can see prices that we all pay at larger stores increased as supermarkets and national brands have to cover their losses.

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'The Operation Advent campaign also looked to address other crime, such as purse thefts, and to record any reduction in crime represents a success. We'd like to thank retailers, street wardens and CCTV operators for their support and continuing assistance.'

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