Chamber backing for shop security scheme

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A security scheme for Matlock shops is to becomes self-funding thanks to the backing of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce.

The Matlock ShopWatch Radio Scheme – originally set up by Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, which includes Derbyshire Dales District Council and local police – will now be run on a self-sustaining basis.

Using radio handsets, shop staff keep in touch with each other and share information on thieves and shoplifters who are active in their area. Police are also linked into this radio frequency so they can quickly be summoned to the scene.

The start-up funding for the scheme came from Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, and from this month, ShopWatch will be backed by the Chamber’s BusinessWatch service.

Andy Watterson, Head of BusinessWatch, said: “Our involvement means the Matlock ShopWatch Radio scheme can be run on a commercially-sustainable basis, ensuring that the radios and infrastructure will continue to be properly maintained.

Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, chairman of the Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership, said: “We were delighted to provide funding for this excellent scheme, which helps local traders work together to share information on the thankfully rare occasions when thieves seem to be active in Matlock.”

For more information about BusinessWatch, call 01246 212909 or log onto www.businesswatch.org.