The Warwickshire Retail Crime Initiative Limited (WRCI) is a County wide  Partnership approach to prevent and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in retail and licensed business premises in Warwickshire.

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4 December 2018: Christmas Mesage from Warwickshire Police

Don't risk a drink drive conviction this Christmas

Motorists across Warwickshire are today being reminded of the dangers of driving under the influence of drink or drugs during the festive period.

With the season of festivities nearly underway Warwickshire Police are launching a publicity and enforcement campaign to raise awareness of the issues around drink and drug driving. The topic is being highlighted across social media and local radio advertising will be taking place across the region. Increased enforcement activity from police officers across Warwickshire will also be in place.

There is no foolproof way of calculating how much you can drink and remain under the limit, or knowing how much an individual person can drink and still drive safely. Importantly, it is hard to calculate how long alcohol may stay in your body if you are driving the morning after so the safest option if you are driving is to drink no alcohol at all. There are plenty of alternatives available with public transport, taxis and sharing designated drivers. Pedestrians are also being encouraged to stay safe during the festive season and to plan safe routes home and to drink responsibly.

Figures indicate that, over the past 3 years, 10 people were killed and 80 seriously injured in Warwickshire following collisions where drink or drugs were recorded as a contributory factor.

The campaign supports the month long winter drink drive campaign (starting 1st December) by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC). Police forces throughout the UK will be working hard throughout December to make sure the roads are safe for everyone this Christmas and Warwickshire Police will certainly be no exception to this. Enforcing the drink and drug drive law is a 24/7 commitment for Warwickshire Police and to reflect this police officers will be enforcing at all times of the day and night.

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Franklin-Smith for Warwickshire Police comments: "There are still people out there who feel they can gamble with drinking and driving and think they know how much the limit is but the simple fact is, there is only one way of being sure that you are safe to drive and that is not to drink at all. Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. Worryingly, and despite many warnings over the years about the dangers of drink/drug driving, there are still far too many reckless drivers ignoring the devastating consequences. Alcohol and drugs both affect your ability to judge speed and distances accurately and slow down your reaction time. We're urging people to think hard about the consequences that a collision and a conviction could lead to".

6 November 2018: WRCI Board Meeting on 21 November 2018
The next WRCI Board meeeting is on 21 November 2018. Members are invited to attend. If you wish to attend please email your area administrator.
See Contact page for email address.

4 November 2018: Appeal after robbery at shop in Nuneaton
Detectives are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward following a robbery at a shop in Nuneaton.
The incident happened between 10.39pm and 10.59pm on Sunday 4 November at the One Stop in Weddington Road.
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4 November 2018: Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery in Rugby.
The robbery happened at around 5.50am Sunday 4 November at the One Stop Convenience Store in Frobisher Road.
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22 October 2018: Robbery at One Stop shop in Wellesbourne
Police are appealing for information after a robbery at The One Stop in Newbold Road, Wellesbourne.
The incident occurred at around 6.00am today.
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11 September 2018: Business Crime Reduction Partnerships launch new website
The Business Crime Reduction Partnerships  has launched their new website following the reconstitution of this organisation. WRCI is a member.
The National Association of Business Crime Partnerships [NABCP] is the umbrella body representing BCRPs at a national level. It seeks to promote the concept of BCRPs to local and national government and to increase the collective effectiveness of the hundreds of schemes across the country by lobbying for greater resources and influence.
The site has numerous resources including a news and events pages.
The first newsletter can be read here.

16 August 2018: Police appeal following armed robbery at One Stop, Whitnash, Leamington Spa
Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery in Leamington Spa this morning (Thursday 16 August).
The incident happened at the One Stop Convenience Store in Heathcote Road, Whitnash, at around 6.15am. Three men entered the shop, one armed with a meat cleaver, and demanded money. They left with a quantity of cash.
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13 August 2018: Police investigating robberies in Nuneaton Co-op and Kenilworth post office
Police were called to the Co-op store on Chesterton Drive in Nuneaton at around 6.45am on Monday (13 August).
Three men are understood to have entered the rear of the premises and threatened the staff with weapons.
A quantity of cash was stolen and a grey/champagne Peugeot 308 was also taken.
At around 8am officers were called to a report of a robbery at a post office on Bridge Street in Kenilworth. A quantity of cash was removed from the premises.
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21 July 2018: Police appeal for information after robberies
Police are appealing for information following a series of robberies at BP Garage in Coventry Road, Southam, Dunchurch Service station and Co-op in School Street, Wolston.
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13 February 2018: Witness appeal after Stratford-upon-Avon Tesco robbery on 12 February 2018
The robbery was reported to police at 7.15am.
"Three males with their faces covered entered the store and threatened the people inside. They took cash and cigarettes and left in a black Vauxhall Agila (partial registration NU59) belonging to one of the victims."
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30 Janaury 2018: CCTV released after Co-op robbery in Warwick
Officers from Warwickshire Police are appealing to the Warwick Gates community for information following a robbery at the Co-Op store located at Cressida Drive, Warwick.
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26 January 2018: Union Usdaw links police cuts to rise in shop lifting
Usdaw has linked police cuts with a 10% rise in reported incidences of shoplifting.
Usdaw commented: "Theft from shops can often be a trigger for violence, threats and abuse against shopworkers, so the rising trend in shoplifting is extremely worrying for our members.
Since 2010 there are 20,000 fewer police, shoplifting is rising, but fewer shop thieves going to court."
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24 January 2018: Did you witness robbery in Water Orton convenience store?
Officers are investigating the incident that was reported to have happened on 21 January.
Police were called to the Tesco store on Birmingham Road around 7.20pm, following a report of a man stealing cash from the till.
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24 January 2018: Robbers armed with hammers take money from shop in Welford
Officers are appealing for witnesses following a robbery at Maypole Stores on High Street, Welford-on-Avon.
The incident occurred at around 8.20pm on Monday 22 January.
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22 January 2018: Police investigate armed robbery at Co-op in Cawston, Rugby
The robbery happened around 10.15pm on Saturday 20 January, when three men have entered the main entrance of a Co-Op store in Scholars Drive, Cawston, threatened the staff and stole a large amount of cash.
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21 December 2017: Warwickshire Police; Appeal for witnesses to armed robbery at Leamington Spa Sainsbury's store
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13 December 2017: Warwickshire Police: Witnesses sought to Leamington Spa Tesco Express robbery
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11 December 2017: Warwickshire Police: Appeal for witnesses to armed robbery at Rugby Co-op store on 9 December
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27 November 2017: National Consumer Week 2017
In National Consumer Week 2017, (beginning Monday 27th November), Warwickshire County Council's Trading Standards Service are warning residents to beware of falling in to the "free trial trap" and unintentionally subscribing to products they don?t want or need.   See advice here

18 November 2017: Black Friday advice for Businesses and Security  
Black Friday (27 November has become one of the biggest shopping days of the year, when retailers reduce prices across their stock to kick-start the Christmas gift-buying season.  
WRCI advises members may wish to review their security and ensure that adequate resources are in place to respond to the increased demand.

Things you can do:

Have sufficient staff to cope with the increased demand
Security officers should have a visible presence, clearly display ID badges and be briefed, crowded places can lead to more opportunities for pickpockets
Ensure staff are fully briefed to positively engage with customers
Remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to security or police
Review and communicate any emergency/evacuation procedures to staff, ensure all necessary equipment, including first aid supplies, are readily available
Have the ability to control access points in to your premises
If you have access to a ‘ShopWatch’ radio, ensure it is utilised
Check CCTV is fully operational and that you have available staff members who are trained to operate it • Contact your local police or Business Partnership if you have specific events which you feel they should be aware of