• Phillipe Chiarella

New Crime Reduction Partnership Launched in the City of London

Funded by City Police, the ‘Safer Square Mile’ (BCRP) is part of their larger plan to transform policing in the City and introduce a Partnership Prevention Hub.

Assistant Commissioner Alistair Sutherland, of the City of London Police, said:

“A key ambition for the City of London Police is to ensure that the Square Mile remains one of the safest cities in the world, and this new partnership with Safer Business Network shows our commitment towards this.

“We’re confident that our collaboration with SBN will provide a tangible benefit to our business community, by not only clamping down on crime that affects them most, but also providing additional support through the form of training and easier, more streamlined ways to report offences.”

Chief Inspector Ray Marskell Sector & Partnership lead for the City of London Police, said:

“The implementation of a Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) is key to support both our force’s ambition of making the City of London the safest City in the world, as well as the City of London Corporation’s desire to make people safe and feel safe within a flourishing society.

“Safer Business Network (SBN) will help us drive this new partnership, whilst also maximising the support we provide to our existing partners. The landscape of the City is changing, and the implementation of two business improvement districts helps us with a clear vision of keeping these respective area’s safe and secure. This also provides us with an even greater opportunity to drive partnerships support and maximise our ability to prevent crime”.

Safer Business Network already manage several successfully BCRPs across London, and similarly this Partnership will bring businesses closer together with key partners and community stakeholders to combat business crime within their local area and address the economic damage crime can have on individual businesses, particularly crucial as this time as high street starts to recover.

Businesses will be supported by a dedicated SBN team who will work closely with them to understand their crime and safety concerns. Their experienced personnel will offer crime prevention advice and provide real solutions to address the issues impacting them the most.

Hannah Wadey and Rita King, Joint Chief Executive Officers for Safer Business Network, said:

Safer Business Network has a proven track record of delivering successful BCRPs across London so we are delighted to have this opportunity to work with partners in The City to introduce Safer Square Mile. We recognise The City is unique and during this challenging time, we look forward to working alongside the wide range of businesses to tackle crime and disorder as part of its recovery.

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