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Part of the team’s work involves liaising with business owners, store managers and community policing teams in all districts to deter and prevent persistent offending, such as shoplifting.
In the 12 months to 19 October 2023, courts imposed criminal behaviour orders (CBOs) on 37 prolific shoplifters across Essex thanks to this partnership working.
And more are in the pipeline as the team is currently working with the Crown Prosecution Service to apply to the courts for more CBOs to be imposed on persistent and prolific offenders.
Sergeant Christian Denning says CBOs are a very important tool in preventing not only thefts but also violence, anti-social behaviour and harassment across the retail sector. “Shoplifting affects store staff and customers because of their unacceptable behaviour. Staff should feel safe when they are at work and customers should feel safe when they are shopping.
“We work with our community policing teams to identify persistent and prolific offenders and seek to apply for criminal behaviour orders to break the cycle of offending.”