Traders operating on Hessle Road in Hull are to have their premises connected via radio to a CCTV network in order to improve their security standards.
Participants in the Shopwatch scheme will be able to communicate directly with the Civic One CCTV control room using radio transmitters in order to alert the network about the risks posed by potential shoplifters and other criminals.
This will build on the existing success of the Shopwatch initiative, which was introduced in August 2012 and now includes 20 participating businesses, reports the Hull Daily Mail.
It will offer a novel security solution for premises that do not currently have CCTV systems of their own and will ensure any suspicious activities are honed in on immediately.
Donna Finn, chair of the Hessle Road Traders Association, said: "This scheme sends out a message to criminals that Hessle Road means business and there's no point in coming here because they will be caught."
The radio network was introduced last year as a joint initiative between police and traders, in response to a rise in shoplifting incidents in the area.