Posted: Tue 17th Jul 2012

Shoplifting Figures Take A Tumble In Wrexham Town Centre

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This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Jul 17th, 2012

Shoplifting figures in Wrexham town centre have taken a sharp decline in 2012 police have revealed. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

In May this year shoplifting was down a massive 27% year on year and in June were down 17% on the previous year. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Wrexham Town Inspector Mark Williams shared the positive news with traders at a meeting of the Wrexham Town Centre Forum this morning. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Inspector Williams put the fall in such crime down to an increased police presence in the town over the last year. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The town centre recently got its own dedicated PCSO and a further five are expected to start tackling crime in the next few months. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Commenting on the figures Inspector Williams said: “Over the last 12 months we’ve flooded the town with uniform officers and the figures show that it works. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“At one point we were dealing with 30 shoplifters per week, but that number has come down significantly. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“North Wales Police will also continue to hand out Section 27 notices if people are under the influence and could potentially be involved in violent crime.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The notices allow police to ask someone to leave the area for 48 hours, Wrexham.com was recently informed by local traders of a marked increase in police using the notices to disperse people being drunk and disorderly. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Local shop owner Haydn Taylor welcomed the news, he said: “I want the message to get out of this meeting that Wrexham is a pleasant and safe place to shop and the figures prove it.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Despite the largely positive outlook Inspector Williams added that two areas that were still of concern are public disorder during the night time trade and thefts from nightclubs. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

He said: “We have seen a big spike in thefts from nightclubs, where people are leaving their handbags and phones lying around.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Do you think the decline in shoplifting is positive news for Wrexham? Share your thoughts on our forum here. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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