Council leader reassures businesses about shoplifting concerns

Published Monday 14 August 2023

Businesses in Market Harborough have been visited by the council leader after some raised concerns about shoplifting in the town during a recent meeting at the council offices.

Leader of Harborough District Council, Cllr Phil Knowles, has visited businesses to reassure them that the council is listening and continues to work with local partners to discourage thieves.

As well as working with local police and other agencies via the Community Safety Partnership to reduce theft and other crimes, the council’s Community Safety Team regularly liaises with businessess offering prevention advice to help to keep their premises safe. The council also monitors CCTV footage of the town.

Officers from the Community Safety Team will attend the next Harbs Collective meeting in early September to answer any questions from businesses about crime.

Cllr Knowles, Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “I have been out and about meeting businesses to hear about their concerns. It is important that they know the local authority and the wider Community Safety Partnership is here to support them in whatever way we can.

“The council is committed to keeping our streets safe across the Harborough district so businesses can trade in a happy, safe, environment. I would also strongly encourage any business that is the victim of a theft to report it to the police.”

Businesses will be provided with an update on the issues they have raised from the leader at a follow-up meeting in September.

For more information about the work the Community Safety Team does visit

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