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News - 20 October 2007

BCRP invests £120,000 in fight against business crime

The Business Crime Reduction Partnership – part of the city centre management initiative – has replaced the city’s entire radio security network and is introducing new services to make it tougher for criminals on the streets of the city.

Over 400 radio handsets operating in the city were collected and replaced or re-programmed and the entire network infrastructure including four transmitters and aerials and the entire computer control system were replaced in the record time of just 2 weeks.

The new system gives a superior signal and control of the entire system from a single point of access in the Business Forum offices in the city centre. The new Safety Net system logs and records every transaction of every radio handset and can record conversations for use as evidence.

The contract, valued at over £100,000, was awarded to PMR Products of Chepstow, who installed the system in record time and on budget. With over 400 radios in operation, it is believed to be the largest, seamless switchover of a BCRP security system in the UK. PMR supply radio systems to a many “blue light” services and the MOD as well as other business crime reduction partnerships across the country.

The BCRP will also be introducing a new individually password protected, secure intranet site for members later this month. It will allow shops, pubs, bars and clubs to download photos of prolific offenders and report incidents online to a new National Business Information System (NBIS). This is a powerful server accessed via a secure Virtual Private Network, that provides business crime partnerships with sophisticated facilities for the management, analysis and sharing of crime data. Sharing information in real-time on known offenders across the UK, the NBIS network enables partnerships to monitor criminals and the threat of crime more effectively.

Lisa Perretta, Business Crime Reduction Manager says “ This is a huge step forward for the scheme. Many partnerships throughout the UK are users of the SafetNet system, which is recognised as one of the most comprehensive radio management packages available.

Local businesses have the opportunity to make a real impact on Business Crime by joining the partnership. The more members that join and the more radios in use the easier it is to track and catch offenders.

The partnership has always offered great value for money and with the introduction of the new radio system and the fact it will shortly be supported by the National Business Information System (NBIS) and a password protected website there is even more reason to become a member”.

For membership details contact Dorothy O'Rourke, Nigel Liddell or Lisa Perretta on 01273 733393

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