NERCPNortheast Regional Computing Program
NERCPNatural Environment Research Council Publication
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Sarah Dougherty, manager of the NERCP, said: "We're running this initiative in partnership with North East retailers and participating police forces Durham, Cleveland and North Yorkshire in a bid to tackle the displacement of retail crime throughout the region.
The NERCP said that 87% of offenders who received the Christmas cards last year were not detected for taking part in retail crime over the festive period.
Dawn Robinson, former NERCP manager and now North East regional executive for Retailers Against Crime, said: "We already know there are highly-organised teams of retail criminals who travel across the country to commit crime.
NERCP, which says shoplifting costs the region's retailers pounds 50m a year, is hosting a retail crime conference at the Lancastrian Suite in Gateshead on April 8.
NERCP advises people to shred or burn receipts with card numbers on to prevent someone obtaining their details and using them.
Contact NERCP at Block 33, Northumbria Police HQ, Ponteland NE20 0BL, call 01661 868424 or email: Info@NERCP.
Chief executive of the NERCP, Anne Tate, said: "Highly organised teams of thieves travel extensively to steal goods and commit fraud and refund abuse.
One of the people who uses the information gathered by the NERCP is Terry Atkinson, 56, services manager (security) at the MetroCentre.
Any member of NERCP in the Northumbria police area can ask for the names and addresses of anyone arrested for theft in their stores.