Cardboard cops prove a success

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A store in Leigh has teamed up with local police in a successful bid to reduce crime.

If officers can’t be in a local store full-time their doppelgangers can!

Police in the town have linked up with Leigh Asda and placed cardboard cutouts of police officers in strategic spots in store.

And the lifesize colour figures of officers, have already resulted in a 75% reduction in shoplifting offences.

The strategy is part of a pilot scheme which will now be rolled out across Greater Manchester.

The scheme also involved upgrading security and placing signs warning criminals that shoplifting will not be tolerated around the shop.

Police are also targeting prolific offenders.

Andrew Lawson, Investigations Manager at ASDA in Leigh said: “Asda are currently forging strong working relationships with the police around Greater Manchester. This project is a great example of how partners can work together to reduce crime.”

And Superintendent Andrea Jones of Greater Manchester Police’s Wigan Division, who is leading on the project, added: “The figures speak for themselves, as a 75 per cent reduction in shoplifting offences demonstrates just how successful partnership working is.

“This sends out a clear message to shoplifters that their actions will not be tolerated and I hope it reassures the law-abiding community that we are serious about reducing crime and making Wigan a safer place to live.”