Minister backs Pawnbrokers in fight against crime

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Public support from Lynne Featherstone MP for Gold Standard scheme.

The Minister for Crime Prevention, Lynne Featherstone MP, has backed the work of members of the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) is ensuring crime is tackled across all local communities.

The public support came after a series of steps by the NPA – further to discussions with the Home Office – to tackle crime and the fear of crime.

This include NPA members across the country following the ‘Gold Standard’, a charter for crime prevention that has been agreed between the Home Office, the police, the NPA and other trade organisations.

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Steps taken by NPA members under this charter include obtaining a name and address of every customer; verifying customer ID including via the use of photographic ID; provision of CCTV in stores and helping to ensure goods are not stolen by taking a range of precautions including the use of UV lights to check for security markings.

In addition, NPA members are supporting action in response to criminals stealing family gold jewellery from some Asian communities. Beginning in the London area, a number of NPA members are offering secure storage facilities so that jewellery is kept safe from the hands of criminals.

Crime Prevention Minister Lynne Featherstone said: “It is vital that shopkeepers in general, and pawnbrokers as well, do all they can to deter and disrupt criminal activity and the NPA’s ‘Gold Standard’ charter offers valuable guidance on sensible steps to take.

“I also welcome the NPA’s work to prevent gold jewellery being stolen by heartless thieves who think nothing of the distress they inflict on their victims.”

National Pawnbrokers Association chief executive, Ray Perry, added: “We are grateful to the Minister for supporting the work of NPA members in the fight against crime. The pawnbroking industry is a modern, forward looking sector and we will not tolerate criminals who attempt to defraud our industry and are a blight to local communities”.

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