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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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