Help residents too

ILLUMINATED police messages on the side of the road advise local residents to deter theft by locking their homes and cars and by being vigilant.

Businesses in the city that choose to run their retail outlets with minimum staff are now to have police patrols to deter theft (“Police face shoplifters”, Guardian Express, May 26).

Householders do not have a number of people to take on the role of full-time theft deterrent – retail businesses do.

LAVINIA TARRANT,

Dianella.