Kirkintilloch shop praised by police for taking measures to curb anti-social behaviour

Pictured (left to right) are Scotmid regional business manager Steven Jackson, Inspector Donald Leitch, Scotmid store manager Stuart Forsyth, PC Alex Moore and Gary Ritchie from the Scottish Business Crime Centre.
Pictured (left to right) are Scotmid regional business manager Steven Jackson, Inspector Donald Leitch, Scotmid store manager Stuart Forsyth, PC Alex Moore and Gary Ritchie from the Scottish Business Crime Centre.

A LICENSED grocery store has landed an award for cracking down on under-age drinkers and making the local community a safer place to live.

Staff at Scotmid, on Kirkintilloch’s Merkland Drive, were recently handed a Safer Retailing Award from the Scottish Business Crime Centre (SBCC).

Inspector Donald Leitch, communities inspector for East Dunbartonshire, together with PC Alex Moore and Gary Ritchie from the SBCC, visited the store to present the award to staff and learn about the safety initiatives that have been implemented.

Scotmid has introduced a range of in-shop measures, including a UV light to detect counterfeit ID cards and bank notes, and a strict ‘Think 25’ policy - meaning anybody who looks under-25 is automatically challenged when buying age-restricted items.

Inspector Leitch said: “I am particularly impressed that Scotmid has demonstrated a high standard of operation through the way it retails these goods responsibly with safety and the good of the community as a whole in mind.

“It also serves as a benchmark for other retailers to follow.”

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