Surrey

Extra funding for Dorking pub radio network

Pubs in Dorking which took part in a three-week trial of a radio system to help crack crime have secured funding for an extra year.

Seven of the town's pubs used the Shopsafe radio system over Christmas and new year.

The network enabled information to be shared with the police and help reduce alcohol-related crime and disorder.

The radios are used to pass on information about incidents, potential suspects and banned customers.

Money has now been secured from the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) to fund seven Shopsafe radios for use by the licensed premises.

CCTV link

The radios will continue to be used in conjunction with 24 shops in Dorking already using the system.

The radios are linked to the operator in the CCTV room based at Reigate police station, who can focus cameras on potential suspects and lead police to them.

Surrey PCSO Lindy Hotze said: "Already used on a regular basis by a large number of shops in the town, these radios have, time and time again, proved themselves to be crucial in the fight against crime, especially when it comes to catching shoplifters."

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