Retail crime in Nottinghamshire to be fought by Mansfield BID

September 9, 2014 8:03 am

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Mansfield Business Improvement District (BID) is at the forefront of the fight against retail crime and disorder affecting businesses in Nottinghamshire.

Across the UK, companies recorded £1.6bn in stock losses last year, with 39 per cent of these losses down to shop theft and 36 per cent cyber crime. Nottinghamshire Police recorded exceptionally high numbers of shop theft offences, although businesses report less than 10 per cent of incidents to police.

Now the Partnership Against Business Crime in Nottinghamshire has launched a Retail Crime Project, led by Mansfield BID’s Crime Manager Dave Wilson.

It has been launched as a partnership approach between the Community Safety Partnerships across the county and businesses to jointly problem-solve and prevent incidents occurring.  The aim is to create a central hub of information so that staff are well briefed and actions identified, that will help deter people from re-offending.

Funded by £10,000 from the Home Office, through Nottinghamshire Police, and £10,000 from the office of the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, the project also sees 12 Police Community Support Officers focusing on helping to prevent retail crime.

The hub will capture intelligence from businesses, local policing teams,regional and national groups to provide up-to-date and validated briefing information and will link directly to Nottinghamshire Police Intelligence and, in particular, Integrated Offender Management and Operation Dormice.

Dave Wilson commented: “The process is a simple problem-solving model, where we scan for information, analyse it, respond to it in an appropriate manner and then assess the outcome.

“Each of the town centres involved will have a dedicated PCSO who will still be managed by police, but whose activities will be identified by the hub.”

Dave added: “Best practice developed in Mansfield has been identified as delivering results, and that’s why we have been asked to manage this project.”

One of the first tasks for the project is to raise standards of Shop Watch schemes and business crime partnerships to achieve the high standards and provide a return on investment for retailers.

For more about Mansfield BID, visit their website.

If you’re a business looking to improve security for your premises our Business Crime Reduction Grant Scheme could provide a grant of up to £5K for eligible businesses.

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