Value retailer Home Bargains has said it has achieved some early wins on its campaign to tackle theft in stores and urged other retailers to roll out the initiative.

Home Bargains, which last month added a crime busters tab on its website featuring pictures of suspected criminals, said staff are now more aware of potential shoplifters.

Operations director Joe Morris said one staff member recognised one shoplifter after seeing his face on the website, leading to prosecution. Another suspect handed himself in as a result of the campaign.

He said: “We only do it where we have strong evidence. We’re putting stakes in the ground and saying: ‘We are taking this seriously’. Retailers have to help themselves. All retailers should be doing it.”