Crackdown on crime in Padiham

The shop radio scheme is launched in Padiham to help crackdown on crime in the town.
The shop radio scheme is launched in Padiham to help crackdown on crime in the town.
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Shop owners and police in Padiham have revived a scheme to crackdown on thieves and anti-social behaviour.

The shop radio scheme is back up and running thanks to the Neighbourhood Policing Team, town centre management team and businesses in the town.

Ten shops in the town now have working radios which all link with each other and have a direct link to the local police and monitored CCTV department.

The radios aim to make it easier for shops to communicate with each other on the spot if shoplifters strike.

They can give descriptions of the culprits over the airwaves so it makes them easier to capture on the CCTV cameras.

The successful scheme was first launched in 2007 when police revealed that in just six weeks 80% of shoplifting crimes committed were detected with the help of the town centre radio scheme.