In the run up to Christmas, on-street security patrols in the city centre Business Improvement District [BID] have recovered over £4,500 worth of stolen stock and personal belongings in the past five days.
One example of their dedication to crime prevention in the city was the quick detection and apprehension of a handbag thief yesterday. The city’s Business Crime Reduction Partnership [BCRP], which operates the city wide radio network, received a call from a member reporting a theft of a handbag with high value goods inside. BCRP staff gave the description over the radio to the BID security patrol and within ten minutes the male offender was picked up. With in-store CCTV evidence to hand an arrest was swiftly made and the offender taken into custody.
In another incident last week a BCRP member reported an active offender leaving their store in the BID area with stolen items and a BID security patrol detained and arrested him within one minute of the call being put over the radio. The suspect had over £350 worth of stolen goods.
The Business Forum estimates that the Brighton police budget of £25m per annum receives an additional 1.3% of private sector funding from the BCRP and the BID.
The Business Forum’s multi-award BCRP is the largest in the UK with just under 500 members and the BID is a collection of 517 businesses that pay an additional levy on their uniform business rates to fund a range of services including the on-street security patrols and Christmas lights.
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