Shoplifters targeted in clampdown

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PROLIFIC shoplifters in Lancaster and Morecambe are being targeted by police in a clamp down following a recent rise in offences.

Officers are working with shop staff in order to crack down on shoplifters entering stores, with both high visibility and plain clothes visits being made to premises.

Patrols are also being carried out in hot spot and thoroughfare areas, such as the Lancaster – Morecambe cycle path, so that thieves can be stopped as they make their way to commit an offence.

Visits will also be made to offenders’ homes to warn them that they are being monitored by police.

Inspector Dave Vickers of Morecambe police said: “There is often a view that shoplifting is a petty offence and that shops can afford to take the hit. “This is not the case. Shoplifting is theft, theft is crime and shoplifters are criminals.”

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