Five arrested in Harlow as part of shoplifting clampdown across area

Crime / Wed 11th Oct 2023 at 12:41pm

TWENTY-eight people have been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting in the past week as we continue to tackle thefts from retailers.

Six people were arrested in Southend, with five detained in each of Chelmsford, Harlow and Colchester.

Eleven of those arrested also tested positive for Class A drugs. Under our drug test on arrest scheme, adults accused of acquisitive crimes such as shoplifting are required to take a saliva test that will reveal whether they’ve taken cocaine, heroin or crack.

A positive test leads to an automatic referral to a specialist drug treatment programme with one of the three charities we work with.

Our Business Crime Team review every shoplifting arrest and encourage retailers to report all thefts and assaults of shop staff.

The team then work with local officers to apply to court for Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBO) to tackle persistent offenders.

CBOs also tackle the underlying causes of offending and may require offenders to engage in treatment services, such as drug and alcohol addiction support.

It is an offence to breach the terms of a CBO and courts can impose a maximum sentence of up to five years’ imprisonment or a fine, or both, for an adult convicted of breaching them.

Of those arrested in the past week, three have been issued CBOs, one offender is already subject to a CBO and a further seven cases are under review.

Sergeant Christian Denning of the Business Crime Team said:

“We are protecting retailers by targeting the individuals responsible for repeated thefts and limiting their ability to reoffend.

“People with drug issues may turn to stealing to fund their addiction so by getting them onto a treatment programme, we are helping to change their behaviour and tackling the cause of their offending.

“Shoplifting is a not a low-level crime because the proceeds can feed into a bigger network of criminality.

“By collaborating with local businesses and our partners in the community, we are combatting crime and anti-social behaviour and making our high streets safe and pleasant places to visit.”

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9 Comments for Five arrested in Harlow as part of shoplifting clampdown across area:

2023-10-11 14:31:43

Give them 10 years each no early release and the issue will soon solve itself - stop worrying about why they did and punish them, make it so harsh others are deterred.

2023-10-11 17:06:08

That’s great. Increase the sentencing

Bruce Downey
2023-10-11 17:26:26

Shoplifters of the World Unite..(The Smiths) l saw a woman busted for shoplifting at the DIY store today…she had a ladder in her stocking.

raheem abdullah
2023-10-12 11:21:14

Harsher punishments are no deterrent. Education is. If a harsh punishment as a deterrent would work, the death sentence would be feared. But it isn't. And it doesn't work. We need to be providing better education, better support and better understanding of specific individual cases. The fact we don't is proof enough that it's easier to lock someone up and not look into it any further. When there is an "us vs. them" mentality at play, it'll always be the "us" that is selected for.

2023-10-12 12:58:13

Raheem Abdullah it would be so easy to agree with you because all of what you've said sounds great in writing, but the reality is not straightforward. I have a family member that was educated, given every and any chance possible, not just by the family but by the authorities too. There are MANY of them that don't want to be helped. They don't want a 'normal' lifestyle. They like the thrill of doing what they do and they CHOOSE the drugs over everything else including neglecting their children. There is an element in society that are just WRONG and they like it that way. You can hand all the drug treatment to them on a plate and some might accept, but an awful lot won't and not because they are addicted, they LIKE the way they feel and the fact that society and organisations like this one mentions, often has a softer approach to them because of being addicts and they will give you some horrendous sob story as to why they use drugs which is often not true.

2023-10-12 14:33:43

@Bruce Downey...lol I'll use that latter!!

2023-10-12 16:48:54

Hit the nail on the head AUNTYBOO. stop the drugs stop the crime. give them 1 chance for help in a drug or alcohol program. not the slap on the wrist they get now. If they do it again lock them up in the loney asilem and keep them on drugs for the rest off there lives. that will give police time to deal with the rest off the idiots that think they above the law 🤔

2023-10-12 17:03:36

Now the latest is rapists could escape jail as the prisons are full, what a load of bollocks, that's a green light for it to happen again, the reason our prisons are full is the tried and convicted nonces rapists and murderers are serving life sentences at the cost of the tax payers, if they brought back the death sentence for these people the prisons would be able to house new offenders, why am I paying to keep these animals yet new and re-offenders are getting away with it.

2023-10-18 00:17:17

Put them on the front line then who cares if they die

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