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Tenterden Watch is here

TShops in Tenterdenenterden Watch exists to help local shops, public houses and restaurants in Tenterden to help reduce business crime, especially to share information about theft and shoplifting.

Supported by Tenterden Town Council, Ashford Borough Council, Kent Police, the Home Office and of course local businesses, the Ashford & Weald Partnership Against Crime is a mixture of 75 outlets and security staff who all use the "Town Net" radio system. These radios are used by both retailers and the night-time economy, who all work together to achieve the main goal of business crime reduction, making the borough of Ashford a safer place for everyone. All of the current members are connected through a series of radios on which they can share any intelligence or any suspicions about shoplifters in or around the area.

The partnership also works hand in hand with Ashford Monitoring Centre (AMC), which monitors the radio system and provides CCTV support 24/7, 365 days a year. AMC not only covers the Ashford area but the Tenterden area too. As well as AMC, retailers and the night-time economy are supported by the independent CCTV control rooms situated within County Square shopping Centre and the Park Mall shopping centre, to aid all customers who operate within the town centre.

Being a member of Ashford & Weald Partnership Against Crime comes with many benefits, listed above. Businesses will also be invited to Shopwatch intelligence meetings or Pubwatch meetings (depending on the area you belong to). And finally you will have access to the Partnership's website. Here you will be able to submit incident reports and look at pictures of previous shoplifters to better your knowledge of offenders operating in the area.



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