Shop­keeper says that po­lice don’t ‘seem both­ered’

FRUS­TRA­TION AT LACK OF AC­TION AFTER RE­PORT­ING SHOPLIFTING

Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By HAN­NAH MITCHELL

SHOP own­ers in Hyson Green have hit out at po­lice after a thief stole vodka from their shop.

On Tues­day, a man walked into the Premier Shop in Rad­ford Road and went straight to the al­co­hol sec­tion in front of the till.

He picked up two bot­tles of vodka, looked at shop owner Babita Jut­tha and ran out the door.

The in­ci­dent left Mrs Jut­tha frus­trated and upset.

She said: “What has the world come to when hav­ing a CCTV cam­era is not even a de­ter­rent any­more?

He came in and I looked right at him. He took the al­co­hol like he had done it a mil­lion times be­fore and just ran out.

“I went after him but it was just me in the shop so I couldn’t leave the shop empty. It is re­ally up­set­ting that peo­ple can do this and seem­ingly get away with it. We are a small lo­cal busi­ness at the end of the day, try­ing to make a liv­ing. It isn’t fair.”

Mrs Jut­tha and her hus­band, who have been run­ning the shop for more than 15 years, im­me­di­ately re­ported the in­ci­dent to the po­lice but they said they have not heard any­thing since.

The cou­ple are wor­ried that a lack of po­lice re­sponse could en­cour­age peo­ple to steal more fre­quently.

She added: “If the po­lice aren’t tak- ing this se­ri­ously what are we sup­posed to do? We are a small busi­ness we can’t af­ford to have se­cu­rity on our doors. “I haven’t heard any­thing since I re­ported it and the po­lice sta­tion is only down the road. I am al­ways quick to help the po­lice when they need our CCTV for other crimes but they don’t seem both­ered about help­ing us. “I have clear pic­tures so I want to make it clear that we won’t stand for this.

“I just feel so lucky that it was a sim­ple theft and he didn’t have any weapons. It could have been a dif­fer­ent story.” Not­ting­hamshire Po­lice said any­one who recog­nises the man and has in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent should con­tact them. Su­per­in­ten­dent An­drea Bax­ter said: “We take shoplifting se­ri­ously and all in­ci­dents are re­viewed and fol­lowed up. “Like with any in­ci­dent, we at­tend jobs where the of­fender is still on scene and where they are not, we will work with the shop owner to re­view CCTV or other leads in a bid to iden­tify those in­volved and bring them to jus­tice.

“We also work with the top tar­geted premises around prob­lem-solv­ing and se­cu­rity ad­vice.

“We do have a threat, risk and harm ap­proach to in­ci­dents re­ported to us which means that jobs that are most con­cern­ing or re­quire im­me­di­ate ac­tion will get pri­ori­tised. How­ever, we do ev­ery­thing we can to reach a pos­i­tive out­come for all of our vic­tims.”

What has the world come to when a CCTV cam­era is not even a de­ter­rent any­more?

Babita Jut­tha

Po­lice want any­one who recog­nises this man to con­tact them

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