Derbyshire Police and the National Pawnbrokers Association hailed networking events in Derby and Chesterfield between the police and pawnbrokers as a major step to drive down crime.
National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) Chief Executive, Ray Perry, said:
“Pawnbrokers across Derbyshire are committed to do all that we can to drive down crime in partnership with the police. We check on ID, we use EU standard high security safes and we keep data for years so that criminals do not get a look in”.
“At the same time, the county’s pawnbrokers are at the heart of local communities and we are determined to do all that we can in partnership with the police to help tackle crime”.
“We have now held events between local pawnbrokers and police officers in Derby and Chesterfield which successfully discussed how we can develop our links”.
“Crime blights our communities and we are delighted to have such a strong relationship with Derbyshire Police in our shared commitment to call to help crack crime”.
Superintendent Jim Allen of Derbyshire Police added:
“Like many people I had an uninformed view of the pawnbroking business. Working with the National Pawnbrokers Association has been very informative and certainly changed my view of the business”.
“I would encourage any police force looking to drive down acquisitive crime to talk with the NPA and use their advice and guidance to better inform officers about the work of pawnbrokers and the very considerable steps they take to prevent criminals using their services”.
“I am confident that following our joint seminars police officers and pawnbrokers in Derbyshire have a much better understanding of each other’s work and will work ever more successfully together.”
Notes for Editors
The National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) was founded in 1892 and is the trade association representing pawnbrokers, from the large chains through to independents, in a £930m loan market growing year on year. It is the authoritative voice of the pawnbroking industry in the UK.The NPA stands for expertise, fairness and transparency, professionalism and excellence. All our members are bound by our rules and a customer code of conduct. Pawnbroking is part of the credit industry and is regulated alongside banks and other lenders by the Consumer Credit Act 1974.