Efforts to clamp down on thieves in Lynn town centre have been more successful than ever, according to police chiefs and business leaders.
The claim was made following talks between senior officers and traders who are joining forces in a bid to reduce crime in the town centre.
As previously reported, police made 28 arrests for shoplifting and other retail-related crimes in the town centre during November.
And, as the festive shopping rush continues to gather pace this weekend, police are warning would-be thieves to stay away.
Chief inspector Dave Buckley said: “We’re working closely with CCTV operators, local retailers and security staff around the town to deter and catch thieves so those coming into King’s Lynn can enjoy their shopping. “My message to shoppers would be to stay vigilant and keep your bags shut, and to the thieves, stay away because we will be out in force.”
Police are working with a body representing town traders, known as a retail shrinkage group, in a bid to build on the recent arrests and continue the drive to keep the thieves out of the town.
Paul Rich, the manager of the town’s Marks and Spencer store which is part of the group, paid tribute to the police, the borough council and traders for their efforts to make the town a safer place to shop.
He said: “This year has been more successful than ever and sends out a clear message to shoplifters.
“It has helped to create a safer and more pleasurable shopping environment for customers.”