A “model” CCTV system on the White Lund Industrial Estate is leading the way in fighting crime, the Minister for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims has said.
Damian Green met with a number businesses at White Lund in Morecambe to see how the new surveillance system has cut crime by 50 per cent since it was introduced earlier this year.
In Lancaster he spent time in the Business Improvement District to listen to concerns about retail crime and was given a tour of St Nic’s Arcade’s CCTV operations.
Mr Green then went on to the Borough pub in Dalton Square to learn about the impact of Pub Watch in the area.
He said of the White Lund system: “There’s been real co-operation here between the police and businesses in setting up a CCTV system which has cut crime by half in the first year. It’s a model of how businesses and the police can work together to cut crime.”
Lancaster MP Eric Ollerenshaw said: “It was great to have the Minister up here in our city, listening to the concerns of local retailers and discussing what can be done to help cut retail and pub crime.
“At the very least we need to get across to people that these are crimes like any other crimes and they will be pursued by police and owners together. As we pride ourselves quite rightly on so many good small businesses, then it is important to understand that a loss through crime just adds to the bottom line and therefore to the prices we pay and the possible viability of the business.”
Mr Green added: “Retail crime is a serious threat to the viability of many small businesses and we need to stamp it out. The measures I have seen today show what can be done to help shops and pubs, and to keep crime falling. Crime is down 10 per cent under this government, but there is always more to do.”