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Carlisle 'targeted by organised shoplifters'

Carlisle 'targeted by organised shoplifters'

Police officers in Cumbria are urging shop owners to be aware of the threat of shoplifters over the festive period.

They believe that 'teams' of organised criminals are coming into the area from Glasgow and the north-east of England to prey on local businesses, reports In-Cumbria.

Sergeant Richard Higgin said they are choosing to come to Carlisle because their faces are unfamiliar to police and security staff.

The latest crime figures show there were 135 retail thefts in Carlisle city centre this month and during November, compared to 110 in the same period last year.

"Shop owners can help stop thieves by thinking how your shop is laid out, the design of the shop. We want them to make it as difficult as possible for people to steal," he added.

Cumbria Constabulary states that it is keen to promote the value of good security systems and businesses should decide whether a monitored or audible only alarm would be best for them.

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