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Rutland retailers urged to protect themselves against cigarette thieves

Retailers across Rutland are being encouraged to protect themselves and assess security procedures after a recent spate of cigarette kiosk break-ins.

Leicestershire Police said that since December 1 last year the force has recorded 24 offences of burglary where the main items stolen were large quantities of cigarettes.

Police have advised retailers to protect themselves from becoming a victim of this type of crime in various ways.

This includes installing smoke emitting devices to cover their cigarette kiosks. These devices work by filling a room with smoke, which disorientates criminals and makes it harder for them to see what they intend to steal.

In addition, monitored intruder alarms, CCTV systems and internal metal roller shutters can also be fitted while stock from cigarette kiosks should be removed prior to closure.

Detective Inspector Helen Fletcher, said: “Unfortunately, we have seen a recent increase in this type of crime.

"The attacks are sporadic and are taking place all over Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

“I’d like to take the opportunity to warn local retailers of the risk associated with not having adequate safety procedures in place and the cost implications it can have upon their business.

“I would absolutely urge all local business owners to look at the safety advice Leicestershire Police have offered and follow it."

Anyone with information surrounding the recent crimes is asked to contact the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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