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POLICE in Torbay have written to the Bay's known thieves to warn them of a festive crime crackdown.
Officers are introducing a retail crime initiative for the Christmas period.
Extra police patrols in uniform and plain clothes will be out during trading hours and late night shopping events until Christmas Eve.
The initiative is being supported by partner agencies including Torbay Council, CCTV personnel and private security companies with the Willows retail centre and Torquay and Paignton town centres receiving the main focus.
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All shops have received letters giving details, and 'known prolific acquisitive criminals' have also received correspondence as a deterrent.
Acting Detective Chief Inspector Nick Wilden, who is leading on the initiative, said: "Levels of acquisitive crime have increased in Torbay and nationally in recent times.
"Whether having a safe place to leave your car, restaurants, bars and cafes free from opportunistic crime, or retailers safer from shoplifters I feel people living in or visiting Torbay this Christmas deserve to be as free from criminality as possible.
"Reducing such crime and bringing to justice anyone seeking to commit such offences is a key priority for us over this Christmas.”