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BCRPs crucial in new ‘Safe & Secure’ Report


New research released by London BIDs Against Crime (LBAC) assesses the contribution of London's Business Improvement Districts to crime-reduction across the capital, and identifies the challenges they face in addressing levy payers safety and security concerns.

Safer Business Network work with 16 BIDs across its BCRPs, and with the newly introduced Safer Business Network Training, we have a real opportunity to help BIDs across London deliver against the Safe and Secure portfolio, and meet the needs of their levy payers.

The key findings of the report show that safe and secure issues consistently rate amongst the top concerns for levy payers but consistency of deliver varies. The report refers to our excellent offering to BIDs and their members through our expertise and training, something we can keen to see rolled out further.

Safer Business Network support the reports suggestion of guidance of best practice on how local authority community safety teams can work in partnership with BIDs and BCRPs to meet their shared objectives. Its call for more funding to support business crime reduction is something we have been lobbying for over the years so we can roll out our best practice further into London.

Report author, Gordon Brockie says

In addition to the positive findings and survey results, I was impressed to discover that many BIDs were taking a more holistic approach to tackling business crime by acknowledging how societal issues such as knife crime, hate crime, violence against women and offences against the vulnerable impact their own business communities. I was also surprised by the quality of business resilience support being delivered in central and inner London BIDs.

"I'm pleased to see some of the recommendations of the report are already taking shape and that more integrated ties have been established between London BIDs and the Metropolitan Police, Mayors Office for Policing and Crime and London Councils. Although significant progress is being made, it’s anticipated that questions around statutory levels of responsibility will still remain an interesting area of debate"


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