A NEW initiative to tackle shoplifters has been launched at Fife Retail Park.
Fife Police are working with local shops and security staff on the first project of its kind in the region at the retail park in Chapel, Kirkcaldy.
Its aim is to make shoppers feel safer and enjoy their shopping experience while discouraging thieves and other associated crimes.
A new radio system is to be used to improve communication between staff at the park as well as receiving any crime updates from local police officers.
It is hoped that the message will quickly be spread that everyone is watching out for criminals.
PC Mark Anderson, community safety officer, said: “I have been extremely encouraged by the uptake by all of the managers and security staff in the retail park.
“The purpose of this initiative was to clearly advertise to any potential shoplifter that we will not tolerate crime.
“By working together we will deter those determined to commit crime, and also provide reassurance for the shoppers and visitors to this retail park.”
New signs have also put up in the shopping centre’s car park and there are stickers in shop windows advising that everyone at the retail park are now partners in the project to cut down on crime,
Supermarkets Asda and Sainsbury’s have also joined the scheme.
Paul Graham, profit protection officer from Sainsbury’s said: “This is a unique opportunity for all of the shops to work together in a bid to create a safe, welcoming and crime free environment for all of our customers”.