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Working with businesses to stop crime

We are part of 2 schemes that help to decrease crime for businesses in the area.

HART – stopping retail theft

HART is a scheme for shops and businesses to stop retail theft – it has over 50 retail members.

It is a radio-linked scheme where members can warn other stores of potential or actual shoplifters in the area. The radio link acts as a deterrent to potential thieves as well as offering support and piece of mind to retailers.

The radio is also listened to by the:

  • HART co-ordinator
  • Police Community Support Officers on duty 
  • Duty Sergeant
  • CCTV control room

HART also operates an exclusion policy where a person who receives an exclusion notice is excluded from all members' premises. For this reason all members must display the HART members' sticker in a prominent position in the front window, which can be seen clearly from the outside of the premises.

The charge to join the HART scheme is £20 per month (via a standing order) or £240 per year.

For this membership fee you receive:

  • The hire of a Motorola GP320 (or equivalent ) two-way radio
  • Monthly intelligence meetings with the co-ordinator, the police, CCTV manager and other members
  • Information on excluded persons which includes photographs of the offenders
  • Door/window sticker informing customers that you are in the scheme
  • Advice on crime prevention
  • Training for you and all of your staff, no matter what the size of your company/business
  • A direct link via the radio to the co-ordinator, CCTV control room and the local policing unit
  • Posters and other crime reduction tools eg forged notes detector pens
  • Advice and information packs on subjects such as counterfeit currency, cloned credit cards etc

For more information or to apply to join HART email communitysafety@harborough.gov.uk

Pub Watch – stopping anti-social behaviour

Pub Watch is a scheme designed to help stop anti-social behaviour in local pubs.

All members receive a two-way radio so they can report incidents or individuals by contacting:

  • Each other
  • Pub Watch co-ordinator
  • The police
  • The CCTV control room
  • The duty officer

Monthly meetings are held for all members where intelligence on local and regional offenders or trouble makers is discussed with the police and the co-ordinator. From these meetings exclusion orders are issued to offenders or known trouble makers banning them from all of the member’s premises for a set period. The majority of the exclusions are issued for violence or drug offences which attract a 12 month ban.

Individuals who receive an exclusion order have their photographs distributed to all members, the police and the CCTV control room.

Individuals will be given a copy of the exclusion order stating which establishments they are banned from. Individuals will then be asked to leave a member’s premises if they try to enter, and this is fed back to the co-ordinator and the police, where further action will be taken.

For more information or to apply to join Pub Watch email communitysafety@harborough.gov.uk