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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Improved radio system to beat crime in Cumbrian town centre

A crime-busting link-up between businesses, bars and shops is getting an upgrade to help stop crooks and cut any trouble.

Sgt Richard Farnworth photo
Sgt Richard Farnworth

A new improved digital radio system is being launched in Workington town centre to replace the existing set-up, providing modern equipment with airwaves that are more secure and better for people to reach each other.

Police hope it will help nip trouble in the bud, with the message being spread immediately about any incidents or the threat of crime.

It allows different shops to communicate so staff can warn workers at other stores about suspicious people or the presence of known shoplifters.

Bar and door staff in pubs and clubs can also do the same and keep each other up-to-date on any trouble.

Schemes such as Pubwatch and Shop Watch, which operate in this way, will be more effective, say police.

The new radios also allow those taking part to communicate directly with police and Allerdale council’s CCTV suite, with the aim of allowing officers and staff to respond much faster.

Both the force and the local authority will also be able to alert businesses to any problems.

Sergeant Richard Farnworth said: “Workington is a safe place to live, shop and socialise. The purpose of these radios is to continue to provide that safe environment.

“Both the Shop Watch and Pubwatch schemes have been established for many years in Workington and the launch of the new digital radio link initiative will enhance this.

“Shops and licensed premises will be able to communicate better with each other, the police and the CCTV suite on a much more secure system.

“The aim is to deter criminal and anti-social behaviour.”

The cash for the system came from sources including a business partnership fighting crime, bars and clubs and the Pubwatch scheme.

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