The Business Improvement District Security Patrols have done an excellent job in addressing the issue of shoplifters in the Unique Brighton area. With fewer shoplifters to deal with they are now turning their attention to other issues such as vandalism.
An off-duty BID guard spotted a tagger vandalising shops in the North Street and Gardner Street areas of the BID in the early hours of the morning on 23 February. He followed the tagger, alerted the police and orchestrated a police ambush. He was able to provide evidence regarding the whereabouts of discarded pens and tagging implements.
A second tagger was caught the following evening at around 10.30pm. Again the BID Guard followed the tagger and alerted the police to enable a speedy arrest.
Until now the BID Guards have been focusing very much on catching and deterring shoplifters and moving on people causing trouble or loitering with intent to cause trouble. Many of these offenders have moved out of the BID area during the daytime.
Catching taggers is something of a new diversion for the BID Security Team but a very welcome one as it all adds to maintaining an impression of security and cleanliness in the area.
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