New security measures at Co-op store in Renishaw ensure gang leave empty handed after ATM theft
Central England Co-op can today reveal that newly installed security measures at one of its Food Stores in Sheffield have helped prevent thieves stealing money from an ATM.
The retailer recently upgraded a range of measures at its stores in the area in an effort to deter potential incidents and protect colleagues, members and customers.
These security measures are part of the Cardtronics Secure ATM programme that will ultimately safeguard the local communities that suffer most from the effects of ATM attacks.
As well as actively promoting the fact that targeting convenience supermarkets is not ‘worth the risk’, the stores now have a range of measures in place including external motion detectors and a centrally monitored CCTV system which allows colleagues to call for assistance at the touch of a button.
These new measures were put into practice recently when a gang of thieves attempted to steal the ATM attached to the Food store, in Main Road, Renishaw.
The Society’s Loss Prevention team have been working closely with ATM provider Cardtronics to tackle crime head on, identify new risks related to ATM thefts and, as a result, additional security measures to prevent the internal safe from opening if gas or explosives were used have been put in place.
These measures ensured that, during this incident, the ATM safe locks remained in place and did not allow the gang access to the cash inside.
Craig Goldie, Loss Prevention Advisor at Central England Co-op, said: “We are aware that incidents such as robberies and ATM thefts are frightening for store colleagues, who are our first priority.
“We are doing everything we can to prevent incidents like this from happening, but if something does happen we offer them support and counselling both from within our business and specialists.
“We work closely with police forces across the 16 counties in which we trade in order to protect our colleagues, customers and community.
“We have a range of measures in place that will hopefully deter criminals and, most importantly, ensure our colleagues and customers feel safe.
“The recent incident in Renishaw is a great example of how we work to identify risks associated with ATMs and put security measures in place to ensure that any incidents are unsuccessful.
“We will continue to work closely with our partners at Cardtronics to constantly review and improve security on all of our ATMs.”
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About Central England Co-operative
Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK.
It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, travel shops, and property investment.
Central England Co-operative has over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2018.
Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility. It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence. The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.
Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.
For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative
Rob Smyth at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140