By providing specialised regional and local services aimed at preventing prolific, organised and travelling offenders targeting the region, we protect the safety of staff and customers as well as profits, supporting economic growth.
We operate by using offender led intelligence and identify an individual’s motivation to commit crime, which in many cases involves drug and alcohol abuse. By looking at an offender’s profile we can predict future patterns of offending and forewarn members of associated risks.
We see prevention as the main remedy for retail crime and run tailored initiatives and campaigns aimed at targeting trending issues and future criminality. Members have access to training and other education material designed to help them deter crime. We also work in partnership to educate and deter young people from crime, investing in their futures.
Who is involved?
We share information with over 2000 retail businesses in the region including national retailers, independent retailers, shopping centres, retail parks and link into local authorities and BIDs.
We work alongside our region’s 4 police forces Northumbria, Durham, Cleveland and North Yorkshire, linking into police intelligence units to tackle force wide and cross border criminality and with neighbourhood policing teams to disrupt activity at a local level.
We support and share information with all locally operating retail crime schemes in the North East.
We also work with our sister Youth & Community Programme to ensure a holistic approach is taken when tackling retail crime.