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Ryemarket to host mini cop shop every Saturday
8:00am Friday 22nd March 2013 in News
FOLLOWING the success of a pop up Christmas cop shop in The Ryemarket, Stourbridge police will now be manning a mini crime prevention base every week in the shopping centre.
Officers set up shop in the empty former O2 unit, opposite Waitrose, throughout December to offer tips to shoppers on how to stay safe.
And the drop-in centre proved such a hit - that police have now decided to run a mini cop shop in the middle of the shopping centre every Saturday from 10am to 1pm.
Police Community Support Officers will be on hand to dish out crime prevention advice to shoppers and tips on how to keep personal belongings, homes and vehicles safe.
People can also raise neighbourhood concerns and get their mobile phones, bikes and computers resgistered to the secure national property database Immobilise - for a greater chance of being reunited with them if they are stolen or lost.
Sergeant Ade George, based at Stourbridge Police Station, said: "After the excellent feedback we received from the public about the Christmas cop shop, this one should also prove to be a successful way of engaging with the local community and businesses within Stourbridge.
"We welcome anyone to pop down and meet the team. We are here to listen to concerns and help in anyway we can."
Ryemarket centre manager Kelley Dyas said the initiative would provide a police presence in the heart of the town and boost efforts to make Stourbridge a safe place to shop.