Shoplifters will face a ban from Exmouth town centre

PUBLISHED: 09:08 04 August 2015 | UPDATED: 12:03 04 August 2015

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Repeat shoplifters face being banned from Exmouth town centre under powers being harnessed by the police.

The message comes from Exmouth’s neighbourhood police team, which is determined to clamp down on retail crime.

Police have been collecting information on Exmouth’s most prolific shoplifters with the aim of applying through the courts for a Criminal Behaviour Order, resulting in culprits being banned from certain locations.

Police said the legislation was similar to an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO).

Evidence is collected by police and presented to the Crown Prosecution Service.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “Exmouth town neighbourhood officers are currently gathering information and evidence against persistent shoplifters.

“This information will be used to assess suitability in order to apply for a Criminal Behaviour Order.

“Criminal Behaviour Orders can be an effective tool to inhibit habitual criminals’ behaviour. For example, shoplifters could be excluded and have a location ban from a designated retail area.”

In recent months, the town’s police have carried out shop surveys and advised retailers on ways to prevent theft.

The force aims to issue all shops in Exmouth with a theft prevention booklet.

The police spokesperson said: “Exmouth town neighbourhood officers continue to work with local retailers via Exmouth Shopwatch to identify persistent shoplifters and issue civil banning orders prohibiting access to stores.

“This approach has proved successful in reducing reported crime.”

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