Traders in the Business Improvement District (BID) in Brighton will now benefit from an on-street security patrol, starting on Monday 13 November. New security guards will be on call to deal with anti-social behaviour and shoplifting.
The uniformed security officers will patrol Brighton's newly-formed Business Improvement District, which covers North Street and parts of North Laine and The Lanes. They will work with the Business Forum's Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) by logging criminal activity and passing the information to Sussex Police.
The BID patrol officers will also provide an information service, offering advice to people visiting the area.
The new security presence is funded by traders contributing to the BID scheme by paying a levy on top of their business rates. In research conducted earlier this year, increased security was one of the top priorities among businesses in the area.
Andrew Fisher, chairman of the BID board, said: “BIDs in other cities in the UK have had a real impact on the trading performance of the area by increasing footfall and reducing anti-social behaviour. This is exactly the outcome we hope to achieve with our activities in the Brighton BID area.
“Our new patrol officers will be challenging anyone acting anti-socially or illegally and will play a dual role as a source of information for tourists. A safer, cleaner trading district can only be a good thing for businesses and visitors alike.”
Traders within the BID scheme will raise approximately £1 million over the next five years to fund Christmas lights, security patrols and marketing.
The security guards will patrol seven days a week and will be trained in first aid and fire and terrorism evacuation procedures. The number on the streets will vary according to the time and day of the week but it will be a minimum of two people.
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