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CRIME WATCH: Chorleywood business owners call for CCTV to be installed to combat shoplifting

 Published on: 21st February 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Shopkeepers and business owners who operate on Main Parade in Chorleywood have called for CCTV cameras to be introduced.

Though the village’s crime rate remains low, some traders have stated that thefts are a regular issue for those with businesses on Whitelands Avenue, Shire Lane and Lower Road.

One shop manager, who wished to remain anonymous, stated: “Several shops have had break-ins recently, and shoplifting is a constant problem for us. It’s just so easy for people where we are.

“Because the village is so close to the M25 and the Parade is so close to the London Underground station, people can just steal items, run out and either hop onto the Tube or onto the M25.

“We need CCTV in this area to pick up the faces as they are committing the crime and to identify registration plates.”

Herts Police Sergeant Adam Johnson said: “Our Safer Neighbourhood Team officers conduct regular high-visibility patrols in the area and continue to work closely with local businesses and retailers to identify any emerging patterns or hotspots.

“We also continue to target those who shoplift, and in particular target repeat offenders through both criminal and civil legislation.

“We would advise anyone who sees a crime in progress to call 999, as this gives us the best possible chance to attend immediately and detain any suspects.”

A spokesperson for Three Rivers District Council said: “Three Rivers Community Safety Partnership is currently undergoing its annual review of CCTV locations within the district.

“Camera locations are recommended by the local policing teams in response to current needs and concerns and agreed by the partnership at the Joint Action Group meeting in March.

“Chorleywood Parade will be considered as part of this process.”

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