Harwich shopkeepers encouraged to speak up anonymously about violence and abuse
Harwich shopkeepers, their staff and customers are being urged to step forward and report abuse or other crimes affecting their workplace and community.
The town has adopted the ShopAlert campaign, which has been launched by independent charity Crimestoppers in Essex. It includes an Alert Notice with useful information and advice on what to do if they suspect or have seen a crime taking place.
The charity’s campaign, is part of a wider programme to help raise awareness of crime in the countryside and supports an ongoing Home Office drive to encourage shoppers and shop staff to report abuse and violence.
It’s believed there is significant under-reporting of retail crime and that some workers suffer severe post-traumatic stress after experiencing violent incidents whilst at work.
Colin Dobinson, Crimestoppers in Essex volunteer, said: “The reaction from shopkeepers we have spoken to so far has been very positive. We know that they, and their staff, have been enduring increased abuse and violence in recent times. It is totally unacceptable for someone to have to face violence and abuse whilst they are only doing their job.
“In smaller, tight-knit communities, people will often know who the perpetrators are, but they are too afraid to report it directly to the police for fear of reprisals. This campaign aims to reassure them that if they contact Crimestoppers charity – using our website’s simple online form or by calling 0800 555 111 – they will stay 100% anonymous. Always. That’s our charity’s unique guarantee.”
The new Alert Notice features useful guidance for shop staff and their customers and draws attention to a report by the Association of Convenience Stores which revealed 83% of shop staff have been subjected to verbal abuse and increased violence within the past 12 months.
Crimestoppers charity gives people the power to speak up about crime – 100% anonymously. Last year, across the UK, over half a million people trusted us with their information.
You can speak to our professionally-staffed UK Contact Centre which is open 24/7, 365 days a year by phone on 0800 555 111 or use our anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Our charity has always kept its promise of anonymity to everyone who contacts us.
Crimestoppers charity is not an emergency service and in the event of an emergency always ring 999.
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Crimestoppers is an independent charity that gives people the power to speak up to help stop crime – 100% anonymously. We believe everyone has the right to feel safe from crime, wherever they live.
Some people refuse to speak about crime to authorities for a number of reasons, from fear of retribution to cultural expectations. It’s good to know that Crimestoppers is trusted by hundreds of thousands of people who each year safely pass on information about crime.
Our professionally staffed UK Contact Centre is open 24/7, 365 days a year. Information can be given by phoning 0800 555 111 or by completing an untraceable online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org – our charity is here to listen and here to help.
Callers are not asked for their name or any personal details and calls cannot be recorded. There is no caller line display and no 1471 facility. Online reports have the same level of anonymity as phone calls.
Every day we hear from people whose voices and crucial information would otherwise not be heard. Every day around 10 people are arrested and charged as a result of the information we receive.
Since Crimestoppers charity began in 1988, there have been more than 145,000 arrests and charges, over £140 million worth of stolen goods recovered and over £347 million worth of illegal drugs seized.
You may know us for Most Wanted, where people can view images of criminals on the run and pass on vital information anonymously about their whereabouts.
Alongside our national campaigns, we have a network of volunteers across the UK who help promote our services to those who need to hear about them.
Crimestoppers has a proactive commercial arm that sees the organisation work with corporate partners from varying sectors and industries, including the NHS and the Post Office. If you are interested in volunteering, complete an inquiry form at Crimestoppers-uk.org or contact Stuart Rawlins at Essex Crimestoppers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Essex Police Tendring are hosting live monthly Q&A sessions on their Facebook page. The next one will be Wednesday 26th February 7pm – 8pm. You can find out more about this event and the other dates at Essex Police’s events page https://www.facebook.com/events/465773394101774/
You can see the post below for the questions asked of Sergeant Heard in January’s Q&A session. Sergeant Heard also informed us that Inspector Darren Deex will be answering your questions live on 26th February.
The National Business Crime Centre was created as a result of a Home Office Police Transformation Funding. They work in partnership with businesses to prevent crime and help businesses protect themselves.
The NBCC’s main areas of work include:
- Support and co-ordinate communications between all UK police forces and the business community
- Supporting and initiating exciting and bold crime prevention projects and demand specification for policing resources
- Violence Reduction plan for businesses and their staff
- Safeguarding advice, links to training and promotion of best practice
- Supporting our National policing teams and working together with national intelligence partners to tackle Travelling criminality and Organised Criminal Networks
- National Standards and accreditation for Business Crime Reduction Partnerships
- Investigating & promoting research into criminological trends
- Fraud/Cyber messaging to businesses where appropriate on behalf of specialist units
- Assisting with Counter Terrorism messaging to businesses on behalf of Cross Sector Security & Safety Communication network
Essex Chambers of Commerce, Essex Police and the Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner to create the Essex Business Crime Strategic Board. Together they have developed a Business Crime Strategy which will be launched in Chelmsford on Friday 21st February 2020.
If your business would like to attend the launch you can find out more at the Essex Chambers of Commerce website
Below is a great example of the local community working together to prevent crime and reduce antisocial behaviour. Well done PCSO Ladkin and Freddie.
Did you know that the Police Crime Prevention Academy offer Crime Prevention Qualifications to Police Forces and other organisations?
The academy also offer Safeguarding training, Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) and Railway Safety Accreditation Scheme (RSAS).
You can find out more at https://www.crimepreventionacademy.com/
As part of last week’s Harwich and District Community Crime Prevention Panel meeting we had a guest speaker from Home Instead Colchester. During the talk we learned about the types of scams targeting older people and the signs to look out for. Everyone took something new away from this session and the panel Home Instead are happy to give talks to other groups and organisations.
Home Instead Senior Care are offering a free Senior Fraud Protection Kit, which is packed full of useful advice, and helpful checklists.
To obtain a copy or for further information please contact:
Home Instead Senior Care
The North Colchester Business Centre
340, The Crescent,
Tel. 01206 848427