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News - 26 August 2004

Brighton’s BCRP shows persistent offenders the yellow card

The Business Forum's Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) has adopted a scheme that quite literally hands persistent offenders a yellow card that might lead to being excluded from Brighton's night-time venues.

The BCRP has operated an Exclusion Notice scheme for many years. Persistent offenders are served with a yellow card when they engage in anti-social of criminal behaviour.  If they are issued with five they are excluded from over 200 premises in the city including all of Churchill Square shopping centre. The exclusion notice is prepared by the BCRP and served by Sussex Police. An organisation has to be a member of the BCRP to take advantage of the exclusion notice scheme.

If an offender subsequently enters a premises from which he/she has been banned they are in breach of their Exclusion Notice. The member then returns a report about the breach to the BCRP office which is logged on the Business Information Crime System (BICS) computer. After a breach the offender is issued with a warning letter informing them that their name will be put forward for consideration for an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) if they continue to breach the Notice. This is a new innovation to the system, which is designed to drive the message home but also to comply with the Human Rights Act.

For more details of the Business Crime Redution Partnership look on the Crime page on this site or contact the Terry Davies on 01273 733393. 


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