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Pilot radio scheme to tackle crime in Harold Hill town centre launches

PUBLISHED: 07:10 08 November 2018

A new pilot scheme has launched, giving businesses in Harold Hill radios to contact one another in a bid to tackle crime and share information. Picture: Havering Council

A new pilot scheme has launched, giving businesses in Harold Hill radios to contact one another in a bid to tackle crime and share information. Picture: Havering Council

Havering Council

A new pilot radio scheme using radios to combat crime in a town centre has been launched.

Twelve shops in Harold Hill have been given hand-held radios in a bid to help combat crime and share information about shoplifters operating in the area.

Cabinet member for public protection and safety, Councillor Viddy Persaud said: “We already have successful town link schemes in place in Romford, Hornchurch and Upminster.

“The introduction of this scheme in Harold Hill will continue our aim of tackling crime and the fear of crime.

“It is a great example of working together with residents and businesses, so we can help each other and as a result, have a safe borough to live, work and go to school in.

“By encouraging residents and representatives from different groups and areas of the borough, we can get a clear picture of how we can help each other and as result have a safe borough.”

Duty manager at Sainsbury’s Harold Hill Louise Gidden says all of the shops in Harold Hill are being faced with the same problems and believes the radios will help to reduce crime.

She said: “We want to get better at communicating with other stores and improve morale so that there is better security for us all.

“We are all facing the same difficulties and the town radios means we can be there for each other and share information which can help to prevent crime in our stores.”

The new radios are expected to help cut down on the bulk theft of items like meat and coffee and generally reduce anti-social behaviour.

The shops have been working in partnership with the police and Havering’s community safety team and the new initiative means they will be able to communicate much more easily and quickly.

Neighbourhoods inspector Insp Richard Carter said: “The introduction of radios will help shops to respond quickly to incidents by sharing information and will send a clear message to thieves that the stores and retailers are fighting back.”

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