Police to outline latest measures to stop shop thefts

Retailers in Whitley Bay are being invited to hear how thieves are being targeted in the town.

Shop staff are invited to Whitley Bay Police Station, in Laburnum Avenue, on Thursday, November 27, at 11am for the latest Shopwatch meeting.

Police will discuss how they are talking shop thefts and the latest crime prevention initiatives.

At the meeting, officers will also share information about use of fraudulent banknotes which have been circulated in the North Tyneside area.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Jon May said: “Local retailers across North Tyneside can access the Bank of England’s Banknotes app which is an interactive touch screen guide for checking banknotes.

“It enables users to view all current Bank of England banknotes and their security features.

“This free to download app is aimed at people who frequently use banknotes, and at retailers and businesses. It offers detailed images of all current Bank of England banknotes together with a backlight function and viewing under ultra-violet (UV) light.”

Officers are also keen to welcome new members to the Shopwatch scheme, anyone interested is asked to contact the Whitley Bay Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.

Shopwatch members receive regular information to keep them up to date on those carrying out crime in the town.

Scheme members are also encouraged to relay information to police about anyone acting suspiciously and those breaching bail conditions not to enter retail premises or the town centre.