The Beacon Centre in partnership with the North Shields Chamber of Trade & Commerce and North Shields Neighbourhood Policing hosted a shop lifting and personal safety information session for businesses and the public on Wednesday 18 November, to help deter opportunist thieves this Christmas.
Incidents of shop lifting tend to be higher during the festive season, with bag dipping and snatching often taking place in crowded areas such as shopping centres and on public transport. To help prevent this, North Shields Neighbourhood Policing team joined us at The Beacon Centre between 1.30pm -4.30pm offering practical ways to prevent shoppers falling victim this Christmas.
Sergeant Steve Nicholson from North Shields Neighbourhood Policing stated:
“Working with partners to support the local community is very important to the Neighbourhood policing team at North Shields. This is a busy time of the year for everybody; and we want to ensure that it remains a safe place also for our businesses as well as for our shoppers.
Protecting the most vulnerable is what we all aim to achieve, and we encourage people to take care of themselves and others throughout the Christmas period. For shoppers, this may include keeping purses secure in bags; and keeping bags zipped or fastened. Not buying too many valuable items at one time, and holding your money in different places when out shopping. Also, if travelling in by car, not leaving any valuable items on display.“
The Elected Mayor of North Tyneside Norma Redfearn, a keen supporter of this initiative, joined us at The Beacon Centre on 18 November, as part of her tour of North Shields businesses organised by The North Shields Chamber of Commerce.
On the Elected Mayor’s visit to the Centre, David Menzies, Manager of the Beacon Centre stated:
“We were pleased to welcome the Elected Mayor back to the Centre, and value her support with our awareness campaign. We are entering the Christmas period with 100% occupancy and strive to offer a secure and safe experience for our customers and retailers. We hope this event provided practical help and advice on how to not fall foul this Christmas.”
The Mayor, as part of her visit to North Shields, met with the staff of local companies ‘I Love Office Supplies’ and ‘Your Computer Centre’. This was followed by a reception with more than 30 Chamber members at the Magnesia Bank.
David Bavaird, Chair of the Chamber added: “We were delighted to be able to show the Elected Mayor the real progress that has been made in the Beacon Centre and across the businesses in North Shields. We pride ourselves on having a good working relationship with the Council and we look forward to continuing to working together to ensure that we have a vibrant business community in North Shields.”
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