I found it really useful to discuss with the Dover Partnership Against Crime, and with the manager of WHSmiths what measures can be taken to help protect local businesses from crimes such as shoplifting. I heard how the partnership - which covers both Dover and Deal - are hoping get digital radios for local shopkeepers to to help report crime thanks to new funding, and about how a perceived lack of policing in the area may lead to shopkeepers taking matters into their own hands.
We need to think about what can be done to help deter individuals from committing these crimes in the first place, and how we can further support our local shopkeepers.
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