Crime reporting tool launched in Richmond

Release Date: 01/02/2017

A crime reporting tool that will make known criminals 'think twice' has been launched in Richmond Town Centre.

South Richmond Local Policing team secured funding from the Richmond Safer Neighbourhood Board, TrueCall and the Richmond Parish Lands Charity, to help businesses benefit from the use of 'Facewatch', an app that allows businesses to upload images of suspected shoplifters that can be seen by shoppers and other businesses.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Business, attended the launch. She said:

"This initiative will enable the businesses in Richmond to join forces with the local Police to work collaboratively and tackle crime in the town centre. Known criminals who think about trying to take advantage of retailers will need to think twice.

"Through the use of this technology local businesses will now be able to act faster to play their part in stopping and preventing crime."

Les Jackson, from Richmond Police, added:

"Facewatch is making life tough for criminals but makes life much easier for local businesses.

"This latest technology means that we now have the ability to circulate information, often within seconds of an incident happening. With even greater uptake of Facewatch and the continued help from sharp-eyed members of the public, we can tackle business crime and make our shops, bars and streets safer and more welcoming places to visit."

Updated: 3 February 2017