New CCTV cameras that will go live in South Holland by September will help combat the “retail cancer” of shoplifting.
Former Spalding police sergeant Stuart Brotherton says the cameras will be monitored 24/7 by professionals, cover more areas of Spalding and offer far better quality images with the switch to digital.
Mr Brotherton, who coordinates Spalding and Sleaford Business Watch, said: “I think it’s something we have been waiting for a long, long time – it’s something that’s now more in-keeping with the 21st Century.”
“Nationally shoplifting is costing this country anywhere between £500million and £1billion a year.
“The figures are quoted from police statistics and those statistics that some shops maintain – there’s an awful lot of under-reporting that goes on.”
He says everyone pays the price of shop theft.
Mr Brotherton said: “If shops lose, what happens to the price of goods? They go up.”
He describes shoplifting as “a retail cancer”, but says the cameras will combat that as well as make the shops more secure and the town centre safer for all.