Bassetlaw: Police and crime commissioner urges retailers to help fight business crime

Paddy Tipping - Labout candidate for the Notts Police Crime Commissioner elections
Paddy Tipping - Labout candidate for the Notts Police Crime Commissioner elections

Notts police and crime commissioner Paddy Tipping has held talks with business leaders to discuss the county’s strategy for dealing with business crime.

Speaking to business leaders at Mansfield 2020’s breakfast meeting yesterday (Thursday), Mr Tipping said Notts Police is at the forefront of efforts to reduce business-related crime and its impact on the local economy and is represented in a range of national arenas.

This includes the role of deputy chief constable Sue Fish as business crime lead at the Association of Chief Police Officers, and inspector Richard Stones as director of the National Business Crime Forum which has its data sharing hub at Ashfield School.

Mr Tipping told retailers that business crime is not exclusive to any one county or police force area and as such should be recorded under a single definition, something which is expected to happen very shortly in Notts.

“We can’t fight business crime unless we know the true scale of the problem so we’re asking all police forces to tag business crime on their crime recording systems so that we can accurately measure offending patterns,” he said.

“We’re also asking retailers in Mansfield and beyond to become more involved in local crime partnerships to share their experiences and identify possible solutions but understandably they want to see value from their membership and results.”

“We all know the challenges that Mansfield has faced and the task in front of us. Businesses know that investment and growth takes place in a safe and secure landscape.”

“I’m pleased that Notts Police is seen as leaders in this field but I know there is still much to do.”

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