Merseyside Police issue shopkeepers with devices that can stop a robber in his tracks

Officers have arrested 17 people and visited dozens of stores giving traders advice on safety and security.

Officers have arrested 17 people and visited dozens of stores giving traders advice on safety and security.

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A CRACKDOWN on shop crime has seen police issue traders with “fogging devices” designed to confuse and disorientate raiders.

Officers have arrested 17 people and visited dozens of stores giving traders advice on safety and security as part of an operation aimed at reducing business robberies.

Since the beginning of January, there have been several raids carried out at convenience stores, newsagents and fast-food outlets across the county.

In the majority, the robbers have been armed and have predominantly targeted premises for cash and cigarettes.

Several businesses now have been given fogging devices - which can be set off by shopkeepers to disorientate raiders - and trackers, put in items so they can be traced if they are stolen.

They have also been given forensic sprays to security mark stock.

These patrols were complemented by plain-clothes officers across the area.

During the operation there were 17 arrests: 12 people were held on suspicion of possessing class A and B drugs, one was arrested for being wanted on warrant, two on suspicion of possessing ammunition and two suspicion of possession with intent to supply cocaine.

Three premises were also searched and seven vehicles were seized for various offences as part of the operation.

Chief Inspector Jenny Sims said: "These incidents have been extremely distressing for the staff members and customers involved and we recognise the serious impact robberies can have, especially for small businesses.

"These businesses provide vital service to the community so preventing these crimes is in everyone's interest.

“We will not tolerate these offenders who cause fear in the community and are targeting people who are trying to make a living."

She continued: "We will do everything within our power to prevent and deter this type of crime and arrest those responsible.

"I hope the action taken by the force this week helps to reassure local businesses that we are working hard to trace those responsible for these offences and bring them to justice.

"I'm sure the community of Merseyside would agree that the people responsible for these incidents should be brought to justice.”

Anyone with information that could help police should telephone the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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5:11pm Thu 27 Feb 14

sandals_wearer says...

"In a situation where a room suddenly fills with fog, it gives somebody another reason to panic. You could quite easily end up with someone being shot." - http://news.bbc.co.u
k/1/hi/8089678.stm
"In a situation where a room suddenly fills with fog, it gives somebody another reason to panic. You could quite easily end up with someone being shot." - http://news.bbc.co.u k/1/hi/8089678.stm sandals_wearer
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12:43pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Allow shop staff to defend themseves with tazars. if the police are allowed to defend themselves with such equipment the public should be allowed to do the same.....usual British hyprocracy
Allow shop staff to defend themseves with tazars. if the police are allowed to defend themselves with such equipment the public should be allowed to do the same.....usual British hyprocracy Llamedos 1
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8:51am Mon 3 Mar 14

apolloman says...

If the judges did their job properly and issued proper sentences these crimes would diminish enormously
If the judges did their job properly and issued proper sentences these crimes would diminish enormously apolloman
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10:19am Wed 5 Mar 14

Positive thinker says...

Appoloman has got the answer,

The longer the better and a touch more to be sure
Appoloman has got the answer, The longer the better and a touch more to be sure Positive thinker
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