NERCPNortheast Regional Computing Program
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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.
For the past 10 years, the NERCP has been gathering intelligence and tracking prolific shop thieves across the North East.
Anne Tate, chief executive of the NERCP, said: "We know there are criminals travelling from as far south as Kent and Bristol and from as far north as Glasgow.
She said anecdotal evidence from retail members of the NERCP suggested it was "not just greed, but need" which was now driving some people to steal from shops.
NERCP advises people to shred or burn receipts with card numbers on to prevent someone obtaining their details and using them.
Its launch comes after the NERCP has spent the last year putting in place agreements which allow other partnerships across the country to share the data.
Chief executive of NERCP Anne Tate said: "After two years of work collating information and witness statements, this is a tremendous result."