Funding secured for shopwatch initiative

Colin Stewart-Chair of Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade and Sgt Jon May re-launch the shopwatch scheme in Whitley Bay.
Colin Stewart-Chair of Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade and Sgt Jon May re-launch the shopwatch scheme in Whitley Bay.

RETAILERS in Whitley Bay will once again be able to work together to tackle crime following the relaunch of the shopwatch scheme.

The initiative, which was at risk of being pulled due to a lack of funding, has been officially relaunched by police following a cash boost from the Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade.

Retailers and shopkeepers will be able to able to sign up to the scheme and be kept informed of local known offenders, any actions being taken against them and crime prevention advice to deter shoplifters from their stores.

Colin Stewart, chairman of the traders organisation, said: “When we heard that there was a risk of the scheme disappearing due to lack of funding, we suggested to our members that it would be a valuable investment not only for existing members but also for those who are not members of the chamber as the scheme benefits everyone in Whitley Bay.

“Once the motion was passed we were happy to provide the funding for the insurance policy and take a more active role in the scheme as well as hope to extend membership to more Whitley Bay retailers.”

Sergeant Jonathan May, who has been working on the relaunch, added: “This is an excellent example of how working together with partners can help tackle issues in the area.

“Without the funding from the Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade, the relaunch of shopwatch would not be possible.”

For more information contact the Whitley Bay neighbourhood team on 101 ext 69191.