Gainsborough Shop Watch

Working together to prevent and detect crime including antisocial behaviour (ASB) and shoplifting


Shop Watch is a scheme that helps prevent and detect crime through partnership working, shared communication and local intelligence. This includes preventing and detecting shoplifting, criminal damage, antisocial behaviour and other incidents.

The scheme aims to make Gainsborough a safe place to live, work, shop and visit.

You can view a full list of members on the Gainsborough Shop Watch Member List. Any bans issued to individuals apply to all members on this list.

Benefits of Membership

Membership is open to retail premises in Gainsborough. We have two levels of membership:

Standard Membership - Free

  • Online incident reporting
  • Shop Watch window stickers
  • Invited to Shop Watch meetings
  • Store/premises included on Stop Watch bans
  • Regular updates on people issued a Stop Watch ban

Enhanced Membership - £50 per year

  • All Standard Membership benefits, plus
  • 2-way digital radio for direct communication with CCTV and other members
  • Access to crime prevention and safeguarding training

Digital Radio Communication

Enhanced Members includes a secure digital 2-way radio. The radio is a key tool to help protect your premises, stock, staff and customers. Using the radio you can communicate in real time with other members, our CCTV Control Centre and the Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Features of having a digital 2-way radio include:

  • Emergency Panic Button
  • Secure digital network with clear voice quality
  • Full maintenance of radio included in membership
  • Radio can form part of your lone worker arrangements

Each radio is supplied with 1 earpiece. Additional earpieces are sold separately for individual radio users.

Shop Watch Member Meetings

We host a Shop Watch meeting every 2 months. At each meeting members will be able to:

  • Receive direct updates from Police, CCTV and partners
  • Share and receive intelligence from other members
  • Receive printed Town Watch ban list with photos

Shop Watch Ban List

We can issue Shop Watch ban notices to people that have committed crime such as shoplifting or public disorder. A ban notice is issued to the individual by the Police. CCTV monitor for people on the ban list and will use the digital radios to provide advanced warning to members and work to prevent incidents of crime.

How to join

To join the Shop Watch scheme please complete our online Shop Watch Registration Form

If you have any queries about the scheme please email:

Information for someone that has received a Shop Watch Ban

If you have been issued a Shop Watch ban from this scheme, your ban notice contains full details of what this ban means. This includes the date it was issues, how long it lasts and the end date.

You can appeal against a Shop Watch ban at any time. Your appeal will go to a Shop Watch member meeting where they will review the information you provide. If the ban is not removed after appeal, you will not be eligible to appeal again for a minimum of 6 months.

To request another copy of your ban or appeal against a ban, do so in writing at the address below:


Post: Gainsborough Shop Watch, c/o West Lindsey District Council, Marshall's Yard, Gainsborough. DN21 2NA