Retailers in Swindon supported as part of Safer Business Action Week
Around three hundred businesses in Swindon have been supported by officers from Wiltshire Police along with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) with a number of significant arrests being made as part of Safer Business Action Week.
The week, which started on Monday (October 16), demonstrates the commitment to firms across every single part of the town with a range of operations, activities, and proactive work.
This year there has been a particular focus on shoplifting, with a recent British Retail Consortium survey suggesting that shops lost £953M of goods as a result of theft in 2021/2022, and over half of all shoplifting incidents not being reported to the police.
A number of Wiltshire's most prolific shoplifters have been arrested and charged, following a intensive focus on supporting retailers and the OPCC joined officers in Swindon as they made businesses aware of the Community Messaging service set up specifically for them.
Earlier this week, one man was arrested and released on bail following a raid in the Broadgreen area of Swindon, with members of the Central South Neighbourhood Policing Team providing reassurance to other businesses in the area.
Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Wilkinson said:
“It is vitally important that Wiltshire Police deliver a quality police service and respond to all those who are a victim of crime and need help.
“After recently hearing from the retail sector, from local shopkeepers to bigger corporate organisations, it is clear to me that they do have a right to feel frustrated – especially when they do not receive an expected level of response when they report crimes.
“As ever, I will continue to engage with local businesses, listen to their concerns and scrutinise the police response on their behalf, alongside encouraging other partners, such as local authorities, to look more closely at how we can all work together more effectively to tackle this growing problem.”