Operation Hamper sees big decrease in Salisbury shoplifting

Operation Hamper sees big decrease in Salisbury shoplifting

Published by Jack Deery at 5:37am 6th January 2020.

2 minute read

The police operation was launched on the 21st of November.

After Wiltshire Police recognised that Salisbury usually sees a rise in shoplifting around the festive period, they decided to launch Operation Hamper to try and tackle that. 

They tried to stop offenders with officers being visible throughout the day around the city and they worked closely with partners and made better use of the ShopWatch and PubWatch radio systems, linking the city CCTV and police to shops and licensed premises. 

In November 2019 there were 53 reported incidents of shoplifting in Salisbury. 

The Operation was then launched on the 21st of November and in December there was just 27,  down almost half from the previous month. 

Inspector Pete Sparrow said: 

"Operation Hamper has been a huge success over the festive period. By working closely with partners including Salisbury BID, CCTV, Venture Security, ShopWatch and PubWatch, we've been able to ensure Salisbury was a safe place to enjoy the many different activities and attractions in the city during December. 

I'd like to thank all those involved in Operation Hamper - now that it has come to an end, it does not mean that we will be complacent. Officers will continue to conduct regular patrols, both overtly and covertly, throughout the coming weeks and months as the city no doubt continues to be busy with the January sales."

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