Crime-fighting schemes to be extended

The Home Office has pledged £900,000 and formed the Action Against Business Crime Action Group to support Business Crime Reduction Partnerships.


The Home Office has pledged £900,000 and formed the Action Against Business Crime Action Group to support Business Crime Reduction Partnerships.

The Home Office has pledged £900,000 and formed the Action Against Business Crime Action Group to support Business Crime Reduction Partnerships.

The cash investment and the newly formed action group are part of a joint venture between the Home Office and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) to support and expand the existing network of Business Crime Reduction Partnerships over the next two years.

These partnerships bring businesses and retailers together with police and local authorities to exchange information on local offenders and share crime prevention advice. Some have even set up radio links between businesses and retailers within the partnership.

The action group aims to ensure that all local businesses are included in their local partnership, encompassing retailers, businesses, transport providers and the “night-time economy”. It has also set itself the target of establishing 100 new partnerships in England and Wales by March 2006.

Bill Moyes, director general of the BRC, said: “Retail crime is a serious problem that affects both shops and their customers. The Government’s funding of Action Against Business Crime will allow the partnerships to be extended to more towns and city shopping centres and car parks.”

The action group forms part of a wider Government strategy on business crime, which was announced in August after a survey showed more than three-quarters of retailers experienced some sort of crime in 2002. Almost a third of these experienced violent crime.

To find out more about Business Crime Reduction Partnerships, visit www.brc.org.uk.

(5/12/03)

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