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More police on streets as PSNI launch action week to target crimes against businesses

From today police will engaging with local businesses and retail outlets and aim to 'tackle some of the most prolific offenders'

PSNI Thomas Street Armagh

There will be a more notable and heavier police presence in Armagh and towns across the borough from this week.

It comes as the PSNI confirms it is taking part in a national week of action to support businesses and reduce business crime across the country.

The week of action will start today (Monday), when the public will see increased, high visibility patrols in towns and city centres across Northern Ireland as police conduct planned operations, engage with local businesses and the community.

Local Police teams across Northern Ireland will be holding Safer Business Action (SaBA) Days to deliver focussed operations with patrols, the targeted intervention of offenders and a range of crime  prevention activity.

Chief Superintendent Darrin Jones, the Service’s Business Crime lead said: “The week of action is  an opportunity to bring police and partners together to tackle the key issues of business crime in our communities.

“Each police area will be holding various crime prevention activities and initiatives to increase engagement with local businesses and retail outlets and tackle some of the most prolific offenders.”

Chief Superintendent Jones also urged retailers to report offences to police and to reach out to their  local neighbourhood and crime prevention officers.

He added: “We know under reporting is an issue in all  sectors of business crime. Please let us know if you have been a victim or you see something  suspicious happening. Your report helps us target our resources, apprehend offenders and  ultimately reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Retail NI Chief Executive, Glyn Roberts said: “Given the current economic climate, crime has a  huge impact on retailers, particularly those smaller independents. It is important that retailers work  in partnership with the police, keep their security procedures under review and ensure their staff  remain vigilant.”

Chief Superintendent Jones added “Northern Ireland’s town and city centres have some of the  lowest crime rates in the UK.

“Working alongside our partners in the business community we will  continue working to make sure that they remain safe, attractive and prosperous places where  business crime will not be tolerated.”

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