Coventry & Warwickshire

Coundon Business Watch scheme is launched

From left to right: PCSO Michele Abbott, Prasant Patel (Holyhead News and Wines), Peter Sturgeon (Coventry Police), Barbara Troth (Goes Chemist), Yasin Nawab (Sherbourne Post Office), Kevin Price (Four Seven Nine Hairdressers), David Gardiner (Beryl Simmons Hairdressers), Rajvinder Dhillon (Coundon Fish Bar), PCSO Hilary Mason and Cllr Gary Ridley
Image caption More than 20 shops have signed up for the Business Watch scheme

Coundon businesses have joined forces with police officers to combat anti-social behaviour caused by youths gathering outside shop fronts.

More than 20 shops along the Holyhead Road parade in Coventry have signed up for a "Business Watch" scheme.

Businesses will receive regular updates from Sherbourne neighbourhood policing team and also crime prevention advice.

A "ring-around" system will see people phoning each other with information about suspected shoplifters.

PCSO Hilary Mason, who set-up the Holyhead Road scheme, said: "Business Watch is a valuable tool in the fight against commercial crime and anti-social behaviour.

"Overall it is hoped that the scheme will improve security, deter would-be offenders and prevent crime and anti-social behaviour."

Rajvinder Dhillon, of Coundon Fish Bar, said: "Groups of youths congregating outside our premises can be quite intimidating for staff and customers but I feel this new scheme gives a direct line to local officers and confidence that the situation will continue to improve."

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