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What do I do now?

Contact the police

Call 999 if the crime is happening now or the suspect is still on scene. Please do not place yourself or your staff in any danger.

Call 101 if the incident has already occurred or use our report a crime form

Protect the scene

Try to preserve the crime scene for any forensic evidence that may be of use to the police. This includes:

  • CCTV footage
  • damages (do not clear up)
  • customer details if they witnessed the incident
  • any other information that can help us to investigate
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What happens next?

If the incident is serious, it is likely an officer will visit your business to take additional information and if appropriate, begin the process of evidence-gathering as part of the investigation.

If the incident does not require immediate attendance, a police officer or police community support officer (PCSO) may make contact or visit you to give community assurance.

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What else can I do?

You can request that a member of police staff will contact you, with a view to giving crime prevention advice. Or you can visit the following websites for additional advice to prevent future offences:

Police UK - crime prevention advice

HM Government - CCTV supporting small businesses

British Retail Consortium - tackling violence against staff

Page last updated: 24 March 2015