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Setting Great Store in Preventing Crime

The Debenhams department store, Market Street Manchester, has won this year’s Manchester city centre crime prevention panel award.

The GMP’s Bill Lowe Memorial Award, for Business Watch Co-ordinator of the Year, was presented by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Assistant Chief Constable, Garry Shewan, to employees from the store at the opening of the 22nd Annual Manchester City Centre Crime Prevention Panel’s (British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) spring conference.

The event, organised in partnership with BSIA, GMP, Manchester City Council and Manchester City Centre Crime Prevention Panel, was held at the Bridgewater Hall and was formally opened by BSIA’s CEO, James Kelly and Paul King, Regional Director of UK’s largest the Shield Group and Chairman of The Crime Prevention Panel.

“The Debenhams store’s partnership effort to help reduce retail crime within the store in support of GMP’s neighbourhood policing strategy, as well as helping staff internally, regards reducing the fear of crime, make the store worthy winner of this prestigious award,” declared Paul King. “This is a great example of how the security team and the store staff collectively, under the guide of John Wild, played such a significant a part in helping deter crime.”

However, it was admitted that the cost of retail crime has risen by 36% on last year and that it was important to hold up examples of best practice in the security industry so that other businesses could learn how to improve their security operations and reduce crime.

 Picture:   The Manchester department store of Debenhams has won a crime prevention award from Greater Manchester Police.

Article written by Mike Gannon

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