Sussex Police has just introduced a new initiative to help reduce crime, by advising businesses in Brighton and Hove of non-confidential business-related crimes and trends in their area by e-mail and mail.
This initiative has been facilitated through the council’s publication Brighton and Hove Business Directory 2005, which is now available on CD Rom. There are over 2,000 e-mail addresses on the database and over 4,000 postal addresses. Paul Knight, Acquisitive Crime Reduction Co-ordinator for Sussex Police, can use the database to select certain business sectors (such as cafes or antique dealers), or companies in specific streets to send information to.
Communications to businesses may include warnings such as the recent spate of bag and purse snatching in the cafes and pubs in Hove, or incidents of parcel deception. Over 40 such cases have been reported since the beginning of August, where businesses have paid between £40 and £100 to a courier to take delivery of a parcel, supposedly intended for another business, only to find out later that the parcel contains nothing but scrap paper.
The speed that e-mail can relay such warnings could well prevent further crimes, and it is therefore important that not only do businesses join the Directory which is free, but that they also provide e-mail addresses wherever possible.
Businesses can join by calling the database administrators on 0208 773 3060 and traders wanting to report any business crime-related issues should use the non-emergency telephone number for Sussex Police: 0845 60 70 999.
Readers interested in the Business Forum's Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) should click on the Crime icon on the left hand side of this page or contact Dorothy O'Rourke on 01273 733393.
Copies of the Brighton and Hove Business Directory can be found in the town hall or public library in both Brighton and Hove. Visit www.sussex.police.uk and click on Alerts and Advice for an extensive list of current frauds and scams.
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