Shopkeeper says that police don’t ‘seem bothered’
FRUSTRATION AT LACK OF ACTION AFTER REPORTING SHOPLIFTING
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?
Police want anyone who recognises this man to contact them