Tulip Radio’s Jan Whitbourn talks about Shop Watch in Spalding and Holbeach.
We’ve had an interesting interview with Stuart Brotherton, now one year into his post as part time South Holland Business Watch Coordinator, on behalf of Lincs Chamber of Commerce.
Since retiring from the police force, Stuart has maintained contact with the local community, building up relationships and introducing many new members to the Spalding Shop Watch scheme. In July, the scheme launched in Holbeach.
Stuart has the power to issue banning orders for those who commit crime in members’ stores and regularly circulates photographs of banned people; stores know who to look out for and call him for advice. All members possess radios and communicate information on offenders, liaising with the local town beat team.
Stuart believes Shopwatch is an important tool against retail crime which costs this country at least £750million a year.
Spalding CCTV is to be improved and monitored 24/7 with Shopwatch radios working alongside CCTV. There will need to be new radio equipment installed and, once Spalding has a new antenna and repeater unit established at South Holland Centre, radio reception will be significantly improved and efforts will be made to introduce Springfields into the scheme.