Anti-ram raid bollards and thumbprint scanners are being introduced in crime hit parts of Birmingham to help businesses fight off criminals.
West Midlands Police and the Hall Green Local Delivery Group have jointly funded the initiatives in a bid to tackle robbery in the Sparkbrook and Sparkhill areas of the city.
The moves form part of a force-wide crackdown on robberies.
Anti-ram raid bollards have been installed outside jewellery shops and other retail outlets in the area.
Jewellery shops are also receiving specialist security advice on how to protect their premises and prevent becoming victims of crime.
Meanwhile, people selling second-hand goods such as gold and mobile phones, will be asked to leave a copy of their thumbprint on the record of sale in a bid to deter offenders reselling items stolen during robberies.
Insp Richard Agar said: “We are really pleased we have been able to assist traders in this area of the city to improve their security and ensure they feel safe and reassured.
“We will be working closely together to support their efforts to not only deter thieves, but also to help prevent the resale of stolen items in the area.”
West Midlands Fire Service commander Lee Baker, chairman of the Hall Green Community Safety Local Delivery Group, said: “It has been great to be able to offer this support to local businesses and by working together we can really help local people and traders.”