Pubs sign up to keep town safe

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OVER 12 local businesses have signed up for Linlithgow’s Shop Safe initiative to make the town a better place to live and work.

Funding from a £35,000 council funding pot has gone toward the Shop Safe radio system, which issues local businesses with walky-talkies to communicate with each other instantly, helping to reduce incidents of shop lifting or fraud, as well as increasing staff and customer safety.

On Wednesday, at a Linlithgow town management meeting, it was announced that over 12 businesses were willing to be wired in and that the town’s Pub Watch was also on board.

Ian Gibson of Pub Watch said: “A number of pubs have indicated support for the scheme and with initiatives like this, we want to be involved.”

Douglas Wynd of Shop Safe said there had been a great local response.

He added: “The idea was to target three different groups - multinationals, local traders and the evening economy and it’s coming together beautifully.

‘‘It’s all looking positive and we’re working with good existing groups such as Pub Watch. Businesses can see how effective it can be - protecting staff, stock and customers, and it shows responsibility in trading.”

The initiative will go live from March 28.

Anyone interested in getting involved should contact Hazel Hay at West Lothian Council on 01506 777917.