I’ve just got back from a Wrexham Town Centre Forum meeting, where it was revealed that shoplifting has taken a sharp decline in the town. Figures were down 27% in May and 17% in June year on year. I know police get things wrong quite often and shoplifting is only one end of the crime spectrum but I thought this was positive news. Another thing the local inspector told us is that they have been handing out a lot of section 27 notices to remove people under the influence of drugs and alcohol from the town centre. The improvements were put down to an increased police presence and with a further 5 PCSOs dedicated to the town centre planned, surely this can only be a good thing.
Could well be due to shop owners not wanting to lose stock in these harder times and being more likely to challenge possible shop lifters. Is there any evidence to suggest the figures are down as a result of police activity or other activity. Surely the figures relate only to reported crime.
We’ve had a few closures in the past year, but I don’t think there’s been a 27% decrease in businesses! There is still a fall in shoplifting which is a good thing.
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