Hunts shop thefts down one-third in four years

SHOP theft in Huntingdonshire has reduced by one-third since the formation of Huntingdonshire Business Against Crime four years ago. And the organisation has now won a Safer Business Award from Action Against Business Crime for the second time. The award

SHOP theft in Huntingdonshire has reduced by one-third since the formation of Huntingdonshire Business Against Crime four years ago.

And the organisation has now won a Safer Business Award from Action Against Business Crime for the second time.

The award was presented by Sandy Hobbs of the AABC, who said it recognised that HBAC operated legally and in line with the best practice standards for the operation and management of business crime reduction partnerships.

At HBAC's annual meeting, retiring chairman Mike Fowler was presented with the Andy Bruce Award, which is given in memory of a CCTV operator who always went above and beyond his duties, said the organisation's secretary Collette Betts.

The CCTV control room, which was involved in detecting 162 shoplifting incidents last year, won the title of HBAC's "best supporter". Waitrose won Thief Catcher of the year and Boots, Barrett's of St Neots, Wilkinson's and Peacocks all won commendations for bravery or collective dedication