TWO shoplifters in Omagh have been spared a trip to the courthouse after they were handed a caution known as a Community Resolution Notice’s (CRNs) by police.
The PSNI used their Facebook page to explain the use of the CRNs, saying they are used to deal with minor offences.
Last Thursday, the police revealed that two shoplifters had been issued a CRN after they had fully reimbursed the shops involved.
The PSNI post stated, “Just because it hasn’t been dealt with in Court doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been dealt with. One of the alternative means that police can use to deal with an incident is by way of a Community Resolution Notice or CRN. Officers in Omagh issued two CRNs for shoplifting today.
“In both cases the shops involved were also fully compensated for their loss. CRNs are held on record and ordinarily only one can be issued in any twelve-month period. A number of other eligibility criteria must also be fulfilled before a CRN can be considered. For instance, the offender has to admit the offence and also show genuine remorse.”
The PSNI added, “Next time it might well be an appearance in Court where the judge or magistrate can be informed about any previous offences – including CRNs.”
However, one person posting his response on Facebook felt this method will not work in deterring crime of this nature.
David Hamilton wrote, “This tells thieves work away until you’re caught. First offence gets you a slap on the wrist and pay back the value of what you have stolen from the retailer and say you’re sorry. These people are laughing at the police and the laws in this country is an absolute joke.”