Durham Police will hand deliver Valentine’s Day cards to known shoplifters
Officers from Durham Police are carrying out the crime prevention idea to try to reduce theft from local shops.
Inspector Andy Reeves said: “In the next few days our local criminals will be getting a Valentine’s card but it won’t be from a secret admirer.
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“We will deliver them by hand to the top 10 offenders in each area, with others receiving their cards in the post.
“And when it’s their birthday and in the run-up to Christmas they can expect us to stay in touch as we will be thinking of them.”
Police hope the crime prevention idea will reduce theft from local shops
The scheme is due to take place in and around the town of Bishop Auckland, County Durham.
Our local criminals will be getting a Valentine’s card but it won’t be from a secret admirer
Inspector Andy Reeves
This is not the first time police have used similar methods to let known criminals know that they were being monitored.
In December 2015, police in County Durham, Cleveland and North Yorkshire sent 300 prolific shoplifters cards saying: “We share information and will be looking out for you particularly over the festive period.
“We would hate to have to deprive you of your liberty over the festive season.”
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And last Christmas (2016), police in Northern Ireland launched Operation Nutmeg, which told previous offenders they would be watched.
A Facebook message posted at the time by the Police Service of Northen Ireland said: “Being the caring bunch we are, we’re sending Christmas cards to our frequent flyers, reminding them that we’re watching.
“We’ll be making it clear to them, in no uncertain terms, that their sort of work is not welcome.”
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