Radio bid to deter charity shop theft

PUBLISHED: 09:20 18 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:20 18 March 2013

Mike Toms Sue Redfern (our Exmouth shop Manager) and Judith Prytherch (assistant shop manager)

Mike Toms Sue Redfern (our Exmouth shop Manager) and Judith Prytherch (assistant shop manager)

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An Exmouth charity shop has been gifted a new crime-busting radio following a theft.

A system of hand-held radios to help catch shoplifters, find lost children and stop the spread and use of fake money is being promoted by police and the town council.

Last week Mike Toms of TTS Group gave a hand-held radio to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) shop in the Strand after thieves stole a handbag.

It follows the Exmouth Shopwatch meeting between police, traders, town councillors and equipment supplier TTS.

The scheme is already used by the Co-op, Boots and Tony Pryce Sports – and police are keen for the crime-busting network to be expanded.

Although the radios would normally cost a retailer £250 for the year, the town council committed £500 to pay to trial two radios for three months.

Interested shops can ask to trial a radio for a few days free of charge.

TTS have given a radio to the DAAT because it is the only charity that attends the Shopwatch meeting.

Martin Bell, retail manager of DAAT, said: “On behalf of the charity we would like to say thank you for the donation of the radio for our shop in Exmouth.”

He added: “Many people think that charity shops, especially one raising funds for Devon’s two air ambulances, would not experience theft or abuse – but sadly that is not the case.

“For example, just this week the shop manager came across two customers behaving suspiciously.

“When they left the shop, staff checked the display, only to find that a brand new leather M&S handbag with tags valued at £10 was missing.

“Being at the heart of the community, we are happy to do anything we can in order to help prevent crime and work with our fellow traders.

“Every penny really does make a huge difference in keeping the air ambulances airborne.”

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