CON artists trying to pass fake money are the latest criminals being targeted by a security system.

More and more businesses in Hereford are signing up for the online security app DISC.

Hereford BID, the organisation which represents city centre businesses, say the area has never been safer.

Hannah McCourt, security administrator, said “Ultimately it is about eyes and ears looking out for criminal behaviour – it is truly a team effort that is rewarding businesses by helping them to be aware and prepared.”

Recently reported offences of anti-social behaviour and fake currency are typical examples of what DISC is used for and allows retailers to be much more vigilant in real time.

Since January 1, the number of users has grown by a 31 per cent, meaning that more premises are proactively helping to identify individuals involved with crime.

Hannah added: “We are seeing the persistent use of fake currency, which includes English, Scottish and Northern Irish £20 and £50 notes.

"Hereford BID, along with the police, have issued advice on how to detect a fake note and how best to deal with the situation, should one be produced.

"These notes are being used to pay for low-value items to gain genuine currency as change or being used to pay for large value items, which then get sold on.

"Having this kind of intelligence protects businesses profitability which can make a huge difference to stores.”

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