Thieves could hit the High Street - warning

MORE shoplifters could target Worle if businesses do not sign up to a 'beneficial' radio system. Only three businesses in the High Street have decided to make use of Storenet, which allow business owners to warn each other about troublemakers through radi

MORE shoplifters could target Worle if businesses do not sign up to a 'beneficial' radio system.Only three businesses in the High Street have decided to make use of Storenet, which allow business owners to warn each other about troublemakers through radios linked to the police and North Somerset Council's CCTV control room.Worle beat team manager Barry Pratt says he fears thieves will know that it will be easier to steal from shops in places like Worle which do not use the systemHe said: "We know it will cost a lot but it would be beneficial."Because so many have signed up in Weston people know the High Street shops there are hard to steal from. So instead thieves will go into places like Worle."A total of 104 businesses have signed up to the award-winning scheme in Weston town centre, where it has helped cut crime.Storenet and Nitenet, which was set up in January 2005 by the Weston Town Centre Partnership, helps to ban anyone shoplifting or causing trouble from every store signed up to the network as well as the 34 pubs and clubs signed up to Nitenet.The ban lasts a year and if the offenders do not cause any problems during that time they are taken off the list.Any businesses in Worle which sign up to the scheme will be linked to the Weston town centre members so information can be shared between stores.Anyone interested in signing up can call Dave Gwynne on 01934 417117.


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