VIDEO: Name and shame plan to ‘shop’ prolific thieves

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Serial shoplifters will have their photos displayed in stores across the town to show they are banned from premises in a new initiative.

The ‘name and shame’ plan was put forward last week at the launch of the Boston Shopwatch scheme to fight retail-related crime.

Shopwatch: Pictured from left is Adam Eden, from Boston Borough Council community safety team, PC Martin Chambers, Sopwatch chairman Dan Forman and Boston BID manager Niall Armstrong.

Shopwatch: Pictured from left is Adam Eden, from Boston Borough Council community safety team, PC Martin Chambers, Sopwatch chairman Dan Forman and Boston BID manager Niall Armstrong.

The meeting, on Thursday, was attended by about 15 people from numerous shops in the town, representatives of the police, Boston BID and Boston Borough Council’s community safety team.

A key aspectof the scheme is to develop an improved system that will encourage retailers to quickly alert each other of problems as they arise, and build up a database of repeat offenders.

Pc Martyn Chambers said: “If we all work together to prevent crime it is better than somebody having to deal with a crime occurring.”

One plan, the first to be introduced in the town, will see police supply photos of offenders with numerous convictions for theft being displayed in shop windows.

These people will have been banned from entering the shops. The decision came ‘after much debate, discussion and consultation’ according to Pc Chambers, who said such images will be shown for two-three weeks each.

Chairman Dan Forman gave the members stickers for them to display on their shop doors to let people know they are involved in the scheme.

“For people who want to come into town and commit crime, they will see that a Shopwatch scheme is in operation and might think twice.”

Problems faced by shops include people defacating by bins and anti-social behaviour with youths kicking balls against windows.

Some members emphasized the importance of sharing detailed descriptions of offenders and their clothing.

Pc Chambers added: “We often arrest people who actually have clothing that they wear to go out shoplifting in.”