Essex: Keeping everyone safe as we return to retail
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“We want to encourage any retail worker subjected to abuse or violence to report it to us through 999, if it is an emergency, online at www.essex.police.uk or on 101.”
“It’s going to be busy for retail now so it’s a good time for us all to give a clear message to potential offenders that assaults on and abuse of public-facing staff will not be tolerated.”
Giving business-owners and staff the confidence to report incidents means that, as well as investigating crimes and supporting victims, we can build a true picture of the problem and work with businesses to prevent them.
During the coming weeks, our officers will be visible in local communities as we continue along the Government’s Roadmap and start to visit shops, pubs, restaurants and other attractions. But there are still rules in place and it is important we all continue to follow them, for our own safety and that of others.
As they have done so throughout the pandemic, if our officers spot clear and blatant breaches of COVID regulations, they will take action.
Essex Police Business Crime Team
Acting Inspector Terry Jacobs, acting Sergeant Mike Lee, PC Alex Plakhtienko and analyst Katie Roberts, together with three fraud prevention co-ordinators, make up our Business Crime Team.
The team specialise in supporting businesses, working to build relationships with independent shops and retail chains, explaining how they can report crime to us and, just as importantly, what will happen when they do.
They help to identify risks in the workplace, providing crime prevention advice and strengthening links with businesses and partners, including local community safety partnerships, Essex Chambers of Commerce and the Essex Federation of Small Businesses. The fraud prevention co-ordinators offer information, advice and assistance about business frauds and scams.
Working with the National Business Crime Centre, the team share nationally-identified crime trends and best practice with our business community. And they have also developed a comprehensive guide to business crime prevention which identifies steps business-owners can take to protect themselves and their properties.