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On Monday 16 August, we continued our pledge to tackle retail crime as NFRN representatives met with Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend.

The NFRN asks for a better response and high degree of support from the force for our independent retailers, who do not have the same resources and security as the bigger corporations.

Mrs Townsend outlined her plan for 200,00 new recruits in the force, explaining that there are more officers on Surrey’s streets than in previous years. The Commissioner agreed to explore ways to improve communication amongst independent retailers and the force, including information sharing and working closely with members on prevention strategies. Mrs Townsend will meet regularly with the NFRN and members to analyse collected data, to identify areas which require change and plan appropriate action.

Mrs Townsend emphasised the importance of reporting all crime occurrences and ensures all incidents will be reported fairly. There is no minimum monetary value for theft, and all crime can now be reported, or intelligence can be shared on Surrey Police’s website. You can also report via Facebook and Twitter and all reports are monitored by the contact centre team.

Members can report incidents or share intelligence here: Home | Surrey Police

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