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Pawnbrokers, police meet

Derbyshire Police and the National Pawnbrokers Association have held joint seminars in Derby and Chesterfield, as a step to combat crime.

National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) Chief Executive, Ray Perry, said: “Pawnbrokers across Derbyshire are committed to do all that we can to drive down crime in partnership with the police. We check on ID, we use EU standard high security safes and we keep data for years so that criminals do not get a look in. At the same time, the county’s pawnbrokers are at the heart of local communities and we are determined to do all that we can in partnership with the police to help tackle crime”.

“We have now held events between local pawnbrokers and police officers in Derby and Chesterfield which successfully discussed how we can develop our links. Crime blights our communities and we are delighted to have such a strong relationship with Derbyshire Police in our shared commitment to call to help crack crime”.

Superintendent Jim Allen of Derbyshire Police added: “Like many people I had an uninformed view of the pawnbroking business. Working with the National Pawnbrokers Association has been very informative and certainly changed my view of the business.

“I would encourage any police force looking to drive down acquisitive crime to talk with the NPA and use their advice and guidance to better inform officers about the work of pawnbrokers and the very considerable steps they take to prevent criminals using their services.”


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