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The police force plans to use popular social media networks to post images of criminals taken from CCTV footage

CCTV is a proven method in deterring and catching criminals. Now West Midlands Police are beginning to publish CCTV footage on social media to get the public’s help in tracking down thieves. AlertSystems responds to the move.

Police in the West Midlands are planning to distribute still images of shoplifters on social media to ask for the public’s help in identifying them. The campaign has been designed to keep shops and businesses afloat, as the cost of crime is crippling the high street.

The move comes in the run up to Christmas, when retail crime is expected to hit a seasonal rise. New figures of the cost of crime in the West Midlands have also been released as a way of getting crooks to think about their actions and hopefully stop them in their tracks. They reveal that 16,200 thefts from shops and stalls are investigated in the area each year.

That means that one crime in every ten recorded in the region is investigated. Approximately £1,335,432 million of taxpayers’ money is spent every year on inspecting the incidents.

The police force plans to use popular social media networks to post images of criminals taken from CCTV footage. They will also create posters and postcards to be distributed to stores across the region, as citizens are encouraged to share as much information as they can. It’s hoped that the scheme will save the jobs of hardworking retail staff.

AlertSystems, a leading supplier of commercial security installations, has taken a keen interest in the story and a spokesperson has provided a statement: “Figures showing the cost of crime in the West Midlands are sad to see. A massive amount of money is being spent on trying to track down criminals when it could be used for other things. Shops are under threat and something needs to be done about it.

“The campaign to begin publishing CCTV images onto social media and ask the public for help is a welcome one. The police need all the help they can get and hopefully this news will also stop the criminals in their tracks, as they think twice before committing a theft. Shops and businesses should make sure their CCTV systems are working properly and installed in visible locations, putting doubt into the minds of thieves.”

AlertSystems manage and maintain thousands of commercial security installations throughout the UK and are specialists in providing business security solutions. Offering professional service and a complete range of security services such as monitored alarm systems, Automatic Number Plate Recognition and Avigilon CCTV security systems, AlertSystems provides effective and reliable solutions to security problems.

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