Business crime in Britain has fallen 30% since 1997 according to the first national Government business crime survey since 1994. However, crime against retailers is only down 7% in almost ten years. And retailers already take the brunt of business crime (see previous story in Knowledgebase entitled ‘Retailers suffer more crime than any other type of business’.
The Business Forum's Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) in Brighton & Hove is working to offer retailers a way to improve security and reduce the incidence of crime. But as young offenders are displaced by these efforts it becomes more important that the scheme is extended to businesses nearer the edges of town.
Retailers in the city centre are reaping the benefits of a close working partnership and the BCRP has been instrumental in taking out exclusion orders on a number of prolific offenders. Crime in the city centre fell by about 80% when two key offenders were removed.
More recently London Road traders have joined the scheme and have together collected enough evidence to take two notorious offenders to court. If these people are found guilty they will be excluded from the areas where evidence exists against them but they will be free to go anywhere else in town. This evidence is provided by incident reports from BCRP members.
As more and more businesses join the scheme it will become increasingly difficult for criminals to operate. Hove traders, seafront traders and Licensees have all recently joined the scheme. But there are still too many areas of the city where criminals are free to roam.
For more information on the Business Crime Reduction Partnership please contact Terry Davis or Dorothy O’Rourke at the Business Forum on 01273 733393 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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