Extra security guards could be deployed in Romsey to crackdown on Christmas crime

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on google
Google+
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn

EXTRA security could be deployed across Romsey in a bid to crackdown on crime over Christmas.

Romsey town centre sees a peak in retail and street crime in the lead up to Christmas, with the activity often being undertaken by organised professional criminals who move into areas such as Romsey.

Now, community leaders from across Test Valley have revealed security guards could help patrol the streets over the festive season if the recommendation is approved by Romsey Future on Monday (October 12).

Chair of Romsey Future, Cllr Nick Adams-King, said: “I think we need to be doing everything we possibly can to help businesses at the moment.

“They have had a dreadful year and the probability of it being a busy Christmas period for them is not great.

“Anything we can do to support businesses and make them feel safe in the run-up to Christmas, and reduce any loss as a result of theft, is money well spent.”

He added business owners who are on the edge of the town centre “will feel more supported” if security guards can work with Romsey Town Council (RTC) and Romsey & District Chamber of Commerce and Industry to help cover these parts of town more regularly than previous years.

Cllr Adams-King stressed Romsey Future will work with Hampshire police to make sure it is clear what responsibilities the security guards will have, ensuring they do not “cover things the police are already covering this year”.

When asked how much the extra security could cost, Cllr Adams-King could not yet confirm a figure. However, he said last year £6,000 was spent on the scheme – £5,000 from Romsey Future and £1,000 from RTC.

Member of Romsey Future, Cllr Dorothy Baverstock, said: “I think we have got to do absolutely anything we can to support businesses because Romsey is a lovely market town with a number of independent shops and all of that brings visitors to the town.

“I cannot understand people who are professional criminals and make a living by going around places and stealing things.”

Romsey town centre manager, Lisa Mortimer, said the scheme is still being discussed with Test Valley Borough Council, town centre businesses and Romsey Chamber of Commerce before a decision can be made.

As reported, a festive campaign to tackle shoplifting in Romsey resulted in a drop in reported offences last Christmas.

Operation Scrooge saw officers from Test Valley’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams carry out high-visibility patrols in town centres to deter shoplifters in the run-up to Christmas.

They also liaised with local businesses and worked with RTC and Test Valley Borough Council.

In December, police received 32 reports of shoplifting across the Test Valley district, down from 47 reports in December 2018 – a reduction of 32 per cent.

For the original article see here

Security Guards are crucial in making sure everyone stays safe in the current pandemic and preventing criminal acts as shopping areas are soon to be busy leading up to Christmas.

To keep your Businesses safe during the busy Christmas period, contact Frontline Security today.

More to explorer

Asda is forced to hire hundreds more security guards at its supermarkets as it prepares for huge surge in Christmas panic buyers

Supermarket chain said it will be deploying extra security between Dec 19-24  Retailed said its Qudini virtual queueing app is now available across all stores  Measures have been put in please to help customers in and out quickly   Asda has said it will boost security measures across its stores ahead of a rush of shoppers before Christmas.

6 TOP TIPS TO KEEP YOUR SMALL BUSINESS SAFE OVER THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD

We all deserve a break over the festive period but for small business owners it is still a time to remain vigilant. Especially when it comes to the safety of your premises if they are going to be vacant for a period. The Christmas season can see an increase in burglaries by opportunistic thieves given

Singing Waitrose security guards bring a smile to shoppers’ faces

They’ve got their Christmas playlist ready. It’s been a year when large queues outside supermarkets have become a normal part of life. With limits on numbers allowed inside supermarkets due to covid, many have spent time stood, waiting patiently on the pavement, trolley at the ready. And while for some it has become a tiresome

Leave a Reply