Co-op announced £1m investment in crime prevention measures

The Midcounties Co-operative has partnered with one of Europe’s leading security suppliers, Amberstone, to announce a £1 million investment as part of its ongoing commitment to protecting its colleagues, stores and local communities.

The measures include creating a dedicated safe stores team within the symbol group retailer and introducing roaming guards and new CCTV systems connected to a remote operator who will be able to speak to colleagues and offenders via the camera.

Furthermore, the grocer will trial several additional measures, including additional panic alarms for colleagues and perimeter alarms.

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The retailer is also working with a third-party supplier to develop a crime hub, whereby in the event of an incident a report file will automatically be produced for the Police, helping to streamline the reporting process.

“The safety of our colleagues, customers and members. That’s why we’re making such a significant investment to help prevent crime occurring in our stores and ensure that, when incidents do happen, the perpetrators are held to account,” The Midcounties Co-operative chief retail officer Rupert Newman said.

“By using the latest technology and further deepening our relationships with the Police, we are sending a clear message that we have a zero-tolerance approach to criminal incidents that could affect our colleagues, members, customers and local communities.”

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