Shops join cops in fight against crime
Partnership scheme aims to share intelligence
Shop owners in London’s West End will team up with police for the first time under a new initiative aimed at cracking down on retail crime.
The New West End Company has launched its Crime Intelligence Partnership (CIP) for Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street in conjunction with members of the business community, Westminster CCTV Trust and the Metropolitan Police.
Under the partnership, businesses, police and the New West End Company’s area Red Cap wardens will gather and share intelligence on potential business crime and its perpetrators through enhanced CCTV and radio links.
The CIP scheme will employ a full-time crime intelligence manager who will offer support and training to members of the scheme.
The manager will ensure the flow of information on local crime and known criminals is both relevant and up-to-date through regular communication and direct contact with CIP partners.
In addition to detecting and preventing crime and the prosecution of offenders, organisers hope the plan will reduce the opportunity to commit crime and make the capital’s prime shopping district a more safe and secure environment for visitors.
“With businesses and agencies working together and effective promotion of the scheme we can achieve one of our core aims of reducing retail crime in a safer environment,” said Gary Reeves, chief executive of New West End Company.
Superintendent Russ Hanson-Coles of the Metropolitan Police added: “”Crime continues to fall in the West End, however we are not complacent.
“By working in partnership and focussing on those committing crime and anti-social behaviour we send a clear message to criminals. Do not come into the West End to commit crime, we will deal with you.”