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Open Doors charity shop, Westcliff, moved to shake off shoplifters
A CHARITY has moved its fundraising shop after being repeatedly being targeted by shoplifters.
The new shop has security cameras and is smaller, allowing volunteers tokeepabetter eyeon customers coming in to browse.
The charity was started in 1991 to raise funds to buy equipment and goods for local good causes .
It had run a shop near the Cricketers pub, in London Road, for 12 years. The charity’s director David Papagavriel said: “Because of the size of the old shop, it was hard for our volunteers to keep an eye on everything.
“We used to have people coming in and taking our stockall the time.
“Now we’ve moved to smaller premises with less places for people to hide, and we have proper security cameras as well, it’s so much better.
“More of our money will go to what it is intended for, because our outgoings have halved and we’re not losing somuch stock.”
Mr Papagavriel said being based in a more retail-oriented street had also helped, as other shopkeepers shared information about suspected shoplifters.
He added: “I think people who steal from a charity shop are just lower than low.
“There’s probably two different types of people who would steal from a charity shop – those who can’t afford to buy anything and those who just see it as an easy target.”
The new shop is appealing for donations of goods to sell, including women’s clothes, records and CDs and electrical equipment.
For more information about the charity, or to arrange to have donations collected, call 01702 437878.
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