Many local traders on Woodford Broadway have been complaining about the level of shoplifting and as a result requested a meeting with local MP Iain Duncan Smith. Having visited them in their shops to listen to their concerns, Mr Duncan Smith then took the issue up with the Metropolitan Police’s borough commander, in order to present the retailers’ concerns and discuss ways of addressing them. The Police outlined several local initiatives that they operate, such as the ‘Coffee With A Copper’ drop-in surgery, which is held in the Costa on the Broadway. PC Mark Rowe, Dedicated Walk Officer for Monkhams Ward, also stressed the importance of crime prevention, highlighting key messages from the Police’s Be Safe campaign that aims to provide useful information to individuals & businesses on how they can play their part in reducing crime such as shoplifting. As a result of the meeting and resultant Police action, an individual has recently been charged with multiple offences and remanded in custody.
Iain Duncan Smith said:
“When I visited the shop owners and listened to their stories about the threats they had had to endure and watched the videos of them being brushed aside violently by a gang of thieves, I was deeply concerned. The shop owners also, apart from their concerns for their safety, also had genuine concerns about the impact of shoplifting on their businesses. It is therefore good to hear that following my meeting with the police, their response has yielded a positive result and an arrest has been made. I am grateful to the borough commander for his time and particular grateful to Inspector Lee Carter from the Safer Neighbourhood Team, for his commitment to meet the needs of local residents and his enthusiasm in working collaboratively with local traders on achieving tangible results in crime prevention”