The commitment followed a successful networking event between the police and London NPA members.
NPA Chief Executive, Ray Perry, said:
“Pawnbrokers across the UK follow the high standards of professionalism. We work closely with police forces, we adhere to Financial Conduct Authority regulations and we aim to ensure criminals do not get a look-in with our stores”.
“But we cannot be complacent. That is why after our networking event - where we backed the Metropolitan Police’s Safe Seller scheme which signposts to consumers the professionalism and decency of our profession - we agreed we will redouble our efforts with the Met Police to reduce crime”.
The Metropolitan Police’s Commander Duncan Ball added:
“The Metropolitan Police Service are striving to build greater working partnerships with London’s business community and the MPS Safe Seller Scheme is one such initiative.”
“With NPA members joining the scheme we will work together in reducing crime in the communities that both our organisations serve. Our intention through the Safe Seller Scheme is to increase business confidence in local policing whilst making our high streets a hostile environment for criminals to operate within.”
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.