Members of the Guildford Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) joined forces on Sunday 19th December to collectively detect, deter and detain shoplifters and other individuals causing low-level anti-social behaviour in the town.


Scheduled to coincide with the seasonal uplift in shoplifting, the winter “Blitz” was conducted by a team of Surrey Police officers and Experience Guildford Town Rangers in plain clothes, along with Guildford retailers and their respective loss prevention and CCTV teams.

Throughout the day the team patrolled the town centre, visiting stores and other venues to deter and detain a number of individuals intent on committing crime. Incidents dealt with and processed on the day included; theft, drug use and abusive behaviour to town centre staff members. One arrest was made, along with three BCRP Warning Letters, which can lead to a town centre exclusion order. A number of other incidents were deterred or stopped during the day, with over £200 of stock recovered from instore theft.


Alick James, Borough Commander at Surrey Police for Guildford says;


“I’d like to thank Experience Guildford for arranging such a successful day. Events like this are at the heart of community policing and I am keen for my team to continue supporting residents, businesses and visitors in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour. This is an excellent example of the local community coming together to keep people safe.”


Pete Lambert, Town Safety and Venue Liaison Manager at Experience Guildford adds;


“This year we marked the 8th anniversary of operating Guildford’s Business Crime Reduction Partnership, and the results of last Sunday’s “Blitz” are testament to the hard work and commitment of the partners involved in keeping our streets safe. Not only did we recover a large volume of stolen goods, but the operation also offers a much more valuable contribution in terms of the crimes that it deters. Thanks to all the partners who again got behind the campaign, and for their ongoing effort in communicating to would-be-criminals that they are not welcome in our town.”


To find out more about the activities of the Guildford Business Crime Reduction Partnership and what they are doing to tackle and deter crime in the town, visit