Steal from one - banned from them all! Penryn traders set up 'Shopwatch' scheme

Steal from one - banned from them all! Penryn traders set up 'Shopwatch' scheme

Steal from one - banned from them all! Penryn traders set up 'Shopwatch' scheme

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A group of Penryn shopkeepers have come up with a new approach to tackling shoplifting with the introduction of a new ‘Shopwatch’ scheme in the town.

The brainchild of Ian McCabe, of Costcutters and Peter Wemyss, of P&M News, and based on the well known Pubwatch which aims to discourage antisocial behaviour in pubs and bars, the plan will see anyone caught shoplifting in one shop in the group banned from all of them.

At a meeting of the first seven shopkeepers to join, along with local PCSO Lewis Vague, the group unveiled an A4 poster which will be prominently displayed in any premises which chooses to take part.

Peter said he was talking to Ian about the problem of shoplifting in the town.

He said: “It’s happening more and more often and we said that we need to do something about it.

“I said ‘I’ll let you know if someone is shoplifting and you can keep an eye out for them’ but we didn’t want to push the problem to other shops.

“It’s better of the shops stick together.”

He said the hope is that people will be deterred from shoplifting by the idea of being unable to use any of the shops in Penryn, and added: “The more shops there are in it, the less chance there is of people doing any shoplifting.”

Any shop owners who are interested in joining the scheme should contact Peter Wemyss on 01326-372344.

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3:45pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Gill Z Martin says...

I think this is a good initiative, but it may push the problem to nearby towns such as Falmouth, therefore I think it would be more effective if all towns and villages took the same approach.
I think this is a good initiative, but it may push the problem to nearby towns such as Falmouth, therefore I think it would be more effective if all towns and villages took the same approach. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 9

4:36pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

What with the limited customer numbers, is it wise to exclude shoplifters from all shops, when they might only choose to steal from certain ones? Surely their cash is as good as anyone else's if they don't steal?
What with the limited customer numbers, is it wise to exclude shoplifters from all shops, when they might only choose to steal from certain ones? Surely their cash is as good as anyone else's if they don't steal? Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
  • Score: -8

5:19pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Claudius says...

I expect 'their ' cash is somebody else's cash if they are that way inclined ;)
I expect 'their ' cash is somebody else's cash if they are that way inclined ;) Claudius
  • Score: 9

5:24pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

Claudius wrote:
I expect 'their ' cash is somebody else's cash if they are that way inclined ;)
Or at least ours as taxpayers!
[quote][p][bold]Claudius[/bold] wrote: I expect 'their ' cash is somebody else's cash if they are that way inclined ;)[/p][/quote]Or at least ours as taxpayers! Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
  • Score: -5

5:25pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Claudius says...

Yes indeed, and I want to have a say where my stolen cash is spent
Yes indeed, and I want to have a say where my stolen cash is spent Claudius
  • Score: 2

6:30pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe wrote:
What with the limited customer numbers, is it wise to exclude shoplifters from all shops, when they might only choose to steal from certain ones? Surely their cash is as good as anyone else's if they don't steal?
It is not uncommon for a shoplifter to thieve from more than one shop, or if caught in a shop to try a different shop within the same location next time, if they were caught once then I think banning them from other shops may prove effective. Additionally, if word gets around that they could be banned from all shops, it may help deter shoplifting in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe[/bold] wrote: What with the limited customer numbers, is it wise to exclude shoplifters from all shops, when they might only choose to steal from certain ones? Surely their cash is as good as anyone else's if they don't steal?[/p][/quote]It is not uncommon for a shoplifter to thieve from more than one shop, or if caught in a shop to try a different shop within the same location next time, if they were caught once then I think banning them from other shops may prove effective. Additionally, if word gets around that they could be banned from all shops, it may help deter shoplifting in the first place. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 11

2:03pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Helston John says...

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe wrote:
What with the limited customer numbers, is it wise to exclude shoplifters from all shops, when they might only choose to steal from certain ones? Surely their cash is as good as anyone else's if they don't steal?
I think it's this type of do gooders attitude why there are so many shoplifters, they obviously feel it a worthwhile scheme or they wouldn't be doing it. It must have been discussed with the shopkeepers.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe[/bold] wrote: What with the limited customer numbers, is it wise to exclude shoplifters from all shops, when they might only choose to steal from certain ones? Surely their cash is as good as anyone else's if they don't steal?[/p][/quote]I think it's this type of do gooders attitude why there are so many shoplifters, they obviously feel it a worthwhile scheme or they wouldn't be doing it. It must have been discussed with the shopkeepers. Helston John
  • Score: 9

5:16pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Claudius says...

Bring back the death penalty , that'll learn em ;)
Bring back the death penalty , that'll learn em ;) Claudius
  • Score: 4

4:58pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Helston John says...

Claudius wrote:
Bring back the death penalty , that'll learn em ;)
Yeah it might even teach them.
[quote][p][bold]Claudius[/bold] wrote: Bring back the death penalty , that'll learn em ;)[/p][/quote]Yeah it might even teach them. Helston John
  • Score: 4

7:19pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Claudius says...

Well done Helston John
Your grasp of diction are obviously better than mine !
Well done Helston John Your grasp of diction are obviously better than mine ! Claudius
  • Score: -5

8:36pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Helston John says...

Claudius wrote:
Well done Helston John
Your grasp of diction are obviously better than mine !
Yeah my grasp of diction 'is' obviously better than yours. Have you ever thought about being a Cllr? No diction required at all, because they don't bother replying to emails.
[quote][p][bold]Claudius[/bold] wrote: Well done Helston John Your grasp of diction are obviously better than mine ![/p][/quote]Yeah my grasp of diction 'is' obviously better than yours. Have you ever thought about being a Cllr? No diction required at all, because they don't bother replying to emails. Helston John
  • Score: 4

10:18am Mon 4 Aug 14

Claudius says...

Helston John, obviously my little tongue in cheek ,urban speak comment ( with added extra winky face to suggest I was kidding ) was a little too much for your aggressive little pea brain to comprehend. Have a nice day.
Helston John, obviously my little tongue in cheek ,urban speak comment ( with added extra winky face to suggest I was kidding ) was a little too much for your aggressive little pea brain to comprehend. Have a nice day. Claudius
  • Score: -4

5:21pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Helston John says...

Claudius wrote:
Helston John, obviously my little tongue in cheek ,urban speak comment ( with added extra winky face to suggest I was kidding ) was a little too much for your aggressive little pea brain to comprehend. Have a nice day.
I don't have an aggressive pea brain, it appears you're the only one throwing insults around, lack of intelligence tut tut.
[quote][p][bold]Claudius[/bold] wrote: Helston John, obviously my little tongue in cheek ,urban speak comment ( with added extra winky face to suggest I was kidding ) was a little too much for your aggressive little pea brain to comprehend. Have a nice day.[/p][/quote]I don't have an aggressive pea brain, it appears you're the only one throwing insults around, lack of intelligence tut tut. Helston John
  • Score: 0

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