Police action over charity shop thefts

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SHOPLIFTERS who have targeted a Doncaster charity shop are being targeted by a police clampdown.

The Debra charity shop on Sandringham Road contacted officers over problems with theft which had left its staff feeling intimidated and vulnerable and unsure of who to contact for help.

Police Community Support Officer Susan Baker from the Wheatley and Intake Safer Neighbourhood Team visited the store and offered tips and advice, including using signs warning CCTV cameras were installed, changing the layout of the shop and fitting a panic alarm so staff didn’t feel so vulnerable on their own.

She also introduced the manager to other shops on Sandringham Road and encouraged them to share advice and contact each other if they had information about shoplifters in the area.

PCSO Baker said: “The SNT is all about responding to people’s concerns in their area and making sure they feel safe. The manager came to us as she was feeling intimidated and concerned about the shoplifters. I was able to offer crime prevention advice and ensure she felt supported by us as well as other shops in the area.”

Margaret Jerrison, assistant manager, at the shop, said the advice was helping.