Since the Brighton BID security team commenced walking the beat around Brighton’s BID area (now known as Unique Brighton) anti-social behaviour has plummeted. Furthermore a number of the most prolific known offenders are now no longer operating in the city centre.
Tightening security at Churchill Square has also lead to four youths being arrested and imprisoned following an incident on 14 February.
The Unfortunate downside of these outstanding successes in the city centre is that these young offenders have moved to other parts of town. Thanks to responsive members of the Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) outside the city centre they have been tracked and reports are now being logged against them.
Traders on the edges of town (London Road and Hove) must now look seriously at the opportunities to join the BCRP or to set up a BID that will deliver security in their immediate area.
It is unfortunate that young offenders will, in avoiding the areas that are highly policed, end up being displaced to areas that were previously not considered to be crime hotbeds.
A group of Hove traders is meeting with the town centre manager and the crime manager for the BCRP on Thursday 22 March to discuss a way forward for Hove businesses to step up security in the trading areas. Anyone interested in attending should contact Lisa Perretta on 01273 733393 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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