Plain clothes police team targeting shoplifters and known criminals

Plain clothes police team targeting shoplifters and known criminals

Plain clothes police team targeting shoplifters and known criminals

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A NEW plain clothes police team has been launched in York.

The four-person team has been given funding to take on shoplifters, bike theives and other acquisitive crimes in the city, and is concentrating on offenders recently released from prison, along with other known offenders.

Inspector Charlotte Bloxham said the new team was not created following a rise in crime, but with the intention of trying a new method of dealing with volume crime.

Insp Bloxham said: "We have had some good results in areas where they would perhaps not have done previously because they weren't in plain clothes.

"They do quite a lot of plain clothes patrols, because they were on core shifts before and were chained to their radios. They are freed from that and can target locations where there are particular problems."

Crime figures released by the Office of National Statistics last month showed a fall in antisocial behaviour, burglary, robbery and vehicle crime, while shoplifting was up eight per cent on 2013 and bicycle theft was up 27 per cent.

The unit - which is made up of one sergeant and three constables - was launched seven weeks ago, and operates mainly in the city centre, and currently focuses on so-called volume crime - thefts from individuals, shops and offences relating to the nighttime economy.

However, the team's brief is expected to change as and when new problems come to light, with upcoming investigations including burglary in suburbs outside York city centre.

Insp Bloxham said: "They are there as a resource for us to use. If we are having a particular problem we can focus on that.

"It is a different way of looking at how we tackle volume crime, it is not as a result of a significant increase in crime."

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8:52am Wed 6 Aug 14

smudge2 says...

Will they be used to tackle the consistent begging problem that exists in York and nobody seems to be able to sort out despite numerous press articles promising the police\council\salva
tion army will address the situation.
Will they be used to tackle the consistent begging problem that exists in York and nobody seems to be able to sort out despite numerous press articles promising the police\council\salva tion army will address the situation. smudge2
  • Score: 18

9:59am Wed 6 Aug 14

courier46 says...

Good luck to them,let`s hope the judges back them up with decent detterents.
Good luck to them,let`s hope the judges back them up with decent detterents. courier46
  • Score: 14

1:38pm Wed 6 Aug 14

jm@york says...

They could catch some well known crims that are constantly robbing from Mothercare - the poor stressed out assistants were beside themselves that one particular family were blatently going into the store and taking whatever took their fancy.
They could catch some well known crims that are constantly robbing from Mothercare - the poor stressed out assistants were beside themselves that one particular family were blatently going into the store and taking whatever took their fancy. jm@york
  • Score: 5

1:59pm Wed 6 Aug 14

heworth.28 says...

courier46 wrote:
Good luck to them,let`s hope the judges back them up with decent detterents.
More importantly perhaps the CPS can stop undoing the hard work of Police & shop staff or at least bother to explain why they don't try cases that have sufficient evidence to prove the guilt of the offender?

Imagine the new team might have their work cut out now both Desmond & Karen Bulmer are both back on the scene in York...
[quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: Good luck to them,let`s hope the judges back them up with decent detterents.[/p][/quote]More importantly perhaps the CPS can stop undoing the hard work of Police & shop staff or at least bother to explain why they don't try cases that have sufficient evidence to prove the guilt of the offender? Imagine the new team might have their work cut out now both Desmond & Karen Bulmer are both back on the scene in York... heworth.28
  • Score: 6

2:01pm Wed 6 Aug 14

heworth.28 says...

jm@york wrote:
They could catch some well known crims that are constantly robbing from Mothercare - the poor stressed out assistants were beside themselves that one particular family were blatently going into the store and taking whatever took their fancy.
I'd suggest the shop management aren't doing enough to deter thefts if this is happening
[quote][p][bold]jm@york[/bold] wrote: They could catch some well known crims that are constantly robbing from Mothercare - the poor stressed out assistants were beside themselves that one particular family were blatently going into the store and taking whatever took their fancy.[/p][/quote]I'd suggest the shop management aren't doing enough to deter thefts if this is happening heworth.28
  • Score: 1

3:35pm Wed 6 Aug 14

TheTruthHurts says...

It sounds like a waste of time if you ask me. It reads like the police already know most of the petty thieves anyway. It must be frustrating to keep arresting the same people over and over for the same offence with nothing ever being done about it after.
It sounds like a waste of time if you ask me. It reads like the police already know most of the petty thieves anyway. It must be frustrating to keep arresting the same people over and over for the same offence with nothing ever being done about it after. TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 9

7:07pm Wed 6 Aug 14

mike.......durkin says...

more to be done in tang hall.some one robing stuff in the garden and car parts in the drive way need cctv
more to be done in tang hall.some one robing stuff in the garden and car parts in the drive way need cctv mike.......durkin
  • Score: 0

9:14am Thu 7 Aug 14

julia brica says...

courier46 wrote:
Good luck to them,let`s hope the judges back them up with decent detterents.
You must be joking. Our justice system is a complete farce.
[quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: Good luck to them,let`s hope the judges back them up with decent detterents.[/p][/quote]You must be joking. Our justice system is a complete farce. julia brica
  • Score: 0

9:52am Thu 7 Aug 14

courier46 says...

julia brica wrote:
courier46 wrote:
Good luck to them,let`s hope the judges back them up with decent detterents.
You must be joking. Our justice system is a complete farce.
My point exactly! one day we might get some government with guts.
Wont hold my breath though.
[quote][p][bold]julia brica[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: Good luck to them,let`s hope the judges back them up with decent detterents.[/p][/quote]You must be joking. Our justice system is a complete farce.[/p][/quote]My point exactly! one day we might get some government with guts. Wont hold my breath though. courier46
  • Score: 1

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