Posters and cardboard cops are bringing down shoplifting says Rochford top policeman

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CUT-OUT policemen and posters with staring eyes are making an impact on cutting shoplifting in Rayleigh, a senior police officer says.

Rochford Chief Insp Ian Cummings, based at Rayleigh police station, said the force faced a surge in shoplifting in the time after the Christmas period, but this had been brought under control after being made a priority.

He said this was largely due to working with traders to make them aware of what are easy targets, how to confront potential shoplifters and giving them cardboard cut-outs of policemen.

He said: “We’ve been out speaking to traders about what they can do to keep shoplifting down. We are facing some heavy cuts to the budget in April so it’s no longer a case of a trader reporting an offence, we investigate it, and that’s the extent of their involvement.

“One of the things that has been very successful has been the cut-out policemen and the posters with a pair of eyes with ‘we’re watching you’ written on them. The psychology of them is very effective and some of the traders who were initially sceptical have since asked us for some and some have even printed their own.”

Carl Watson, chairman of the Rayleigh Chamber of Trade, said members Macro and Martins newsagents had used the cut-outs and had been “very happy” with them.

Chairman of Hockley’s Chamber of Trade, Jeff Stanton, of radio and TV shop Waters and Stanton, has also used the cut-outs. He said: “People comment on them and they do catch your eye. We’ve not had much of a problem with shoplifting in Hockley lately so they must, psychologically, make you think ‘oops, be careful’.”

It seems they are not just popular with traders however, with one stolen from a shop in Westcliff in October and another from a shop on Canvey in August.

The thefts came to light after a Freedom of Information request made to Essex Police regarding property stolen from the force in the last two years.

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1:38pm Mon 3 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Imagine how many cardboard cut-out Police officers you could get, if the ousted the PCSO's each paid 25 Grand a year.
Imagine how many cardboard cut-out Police officers you could get, if the ousted the PCSO's each paid 25 Grand a year. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

3:08pm Mon 3 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

I like it so Yeah Looks real enough, although i would rig something up so his arm moves up and down a bit, get an old record player and connect it so a rod is attached to the policemans arm and then put the dansette player on a slow speed (33)and that will bring him to life, could also use 78 speed if lots of shoplifters are imminent.
Thanks.
I like it so Yeah Looks real enough, although i would rig something up so his arm moves up and down a bit, get an old record player and connect it so a rod is attached to the policemans arm and then put the dansette player on a slow speed (33)and that will bring him to life, could also use 78 speed if lots of shoplifters are imminent. Thanks. DogsMessInLeigh

3:18pm Mon 3 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

Last time I checked, Potters was in HOCKLEY. They can store their cardboard coppers in Rochford nick which appears to be abandoned.

A bit like any proper Policing there too.
Last time I checked, Potters was in HOCKLEY. They can store their cardboard coppers in Rochford nick which appears to be abandoned. A bit like any proper Policing there too. RochfordRob

3:43pm Mon 3 Feb 14

rayleigh123 says...

We are really going forward, first we go back to the 19th century and turn the street lights - off

Now we have cardboard policeman.

All we need is rickets and polio and we have GONE BACK TO WHERE WE STARTED.

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We are really going forward, first we go back to the 19th century and turn the street lights - off Now we have cardboard policeman. All we need is rickets and polio and we have GONE BACK TO WHERE WE STARTED. . rayleigh123

4:03pm Mon 3 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

I wouldn't worry about the lights unless you are scared of the dark. Most burglaries are during the day. And remember, if you can't see muggers in the dark, they can't see you either.

BTW rickets and polio have come back to 'Londinistan'
I wouldn't worry about the lights unless you are scared of the dark. Most burglaries are during the day. And remember, if you can't see muggers in the dark, they can't see you either. BTW rickets and polio have come back to 'Londinistan' RochfordRob

4:26pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

In Basildon they steal the cardboard coppers too...
In Basildon they steal the cardboard coppers too... Howard Cháse

11:29pm Mon 3 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

RochfordRob wrote:
Last time I checked, Potters was in HOCKLEY. They can store their cardboard coppers in Rochford nick which appears to be abandoned.

A bit like any proper Policing there too.
Dont be bitter...you had you shot of running around 'stamping' your authority.
[quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: Last time I checked, Potters was in HOCKLEY. They can store their cardboard coppers in Rochford nick which appears to be abandoned. A bit like any proper Policing there too.[/p][/quote]Dont be bitter...you had you shot of running around 'stamping' your authority. ThisYear

11:32pm Mon 3 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

RochfordRob wrote:
I wouldn't worry about the lights unless you are scared of the dark. Most burglaries are during the day. And remember, if you can't see muggers in the dark, they can't see you either.

BTW rickets and polio have come back to 'Londinistan'
"Londinistan" is there a place called Londini land? Stan meaning land.

Can you advise?
[quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't worry about the lights unless you are scared of the dark. Most burglaries are during the day. And remember, if you can't see muggers in the dark, they can't see you either. BTW rickets and polio have come back to 'Londinistan'[/p][/quote]"Londinistan" is there a place called Londini land? Stan meaning land. Can you advise? ThisYear

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