'We're watching you' - petrol station in Sheffield fights back against shoplifters with novel approach

A petrol station in Sheffield has adopted a novel tactic in its battle with thieves plaguing the store - and it says the approach is paying dividends.

Friday, 6th April 2018, 13:02 pm
Updated Friday, 6th April 2018, 13:11 pm
The entrance to the SPAR store on Bramall Lane, in Sheffield

Rogues galleries of suspected offenders are a common sight behind shop counters, but a store just outside the city centre has gone a step further by sticking wanted photos at the entrance for all customers to see.

Bosses at the SPAR store on Bramall Lane first plastered the CCTV images to the glass facade just over a week ago after growing increasingly frustrated by the scale of theft, and they say the tactic appears to be deterring would-be crooks.

A photo of a motorist who allegedly drove off without paying for fuel

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"The drive-offs seem to have stopped since the images went up, so I reckon it's working as a deterrent, and we're going to carry on doing it.

"We always have an extra member of staff watching for shoplifters.

A photo of an alleged shoplifter attached to the store entrance

The posters are not like police appeals, with information about the alleged crime and how to report information.

The CCTV images are simply labelled 'shoplifter' and 'drive off' - with the latter also including the registration number of the vehicle in question.

He says the alleged shoplifter pictured is only believed to have targeted the store once but attempted thefts are a weekly occurrence.

A photo of a motorist who allegedly drove off without paying for fuel

"Shoplifting tends to be worse at the end of the month - possibly because it's been so long since pay day," he added.

A photo of an alleged shoplifter attached to the store entrance