Top safety award for Laurencekirk store

PC Ian Edwards; Ian Lovie from Scotmid; Matt Ronan from the SBCC; Elaine Arthur from Scotmid Laurencekirk; and Inspector Richard Taylor
PC Ian Edwards; Ian Lovie from Scotmid; Matt Ronan from the SBCC; Elaine Arthur from Scotmid Laurencekirk; and Inspector Richard Taylor

Laurencekirk Scotmid has been recognised for its work preventing underage and proxy sales of restricted items and protecting community security, after receiving a Safer Retailing Award from the Scottish Business Crime Centre (SBCC).

Richard Taylor, Kincardine and Mearns Inspector, Police Scotland, together with Matt Ronan from the SBCC, visited the store to present the award to staff and learn about the safety initiatives that have been implemented.

He said: “I am thoroughly impressed with the responsibility that Scotmid take for contributing to a safer community here in Laurencekirk. This award is clear recognition for their professional approach to the sale of age restricted goods locally but reflects very positively on their company as a whole. The Challenge 25 policy shows their regard for the well being and safety of young persons in the community and can be a key factor in significantly reducing the opportunities for alcohol abuse which very often lead to anti-social behaviour and poor decision making by young people.”

Laurencekirk Scotmid has introduced a range of measures, including a UV light to detect counterfeit ID cards and bank notes. Scotmid Co-operative operates a strict ‘Think 25’ policy across all its food stores. This means that anyone who does not clearly look over 25 years old will be asked for identification when buying age-restricted products.

The SBCC Safer Retailing Award scheme aims to reduce anti-social behaviour and violence in the community by preventing underage and proxy sales of age-restricted items. The initiative also promotes security, noise reduction and disability issues, and encourages a partnership approach by retailers, the police, the SBCC and trading standards officers.