Police officers in Gedling have been out this week on a dedicated operation targeting shoplifters.
Operation Reacher and the Gedling South neighbourhood policing team headed to Victoria Retail Park in Netherfield on Wednesday (13 December) to target shoplifters ‘bringing misery to businesses.’
The officers headed into the park in uniform and plain clothes to merge in with the public and not spook offenders to be able to catch them in the act.
Nottinghamshire Police said:
‘Two stop and searches were carried out as well as patrols in the park and surrounding areas throughout the day.
‘Speaking to shoppers and businesses the teams were able to gain vital intelligence but also build on relationships with businesses and workers in the area.’
Operation Reacher Sergeant James Carrington said:
“We’re often out in the area carrying out both high-visibility and plain-clothed operations to put a stop to shoplifters.
“We know shoplifting can increase in the run-up to Christmas and we want to make sure our communities and businesses know we’re listening and tackling issues that concern them by carrying out operations like this.
“Engaging with our communities, listening to issues they’ve got, and acting on them is so important to us – so if you do have concerns in your area, please speak to us and make sure you report any incidents.”