This month sees the publication of the UK’s first comprehensive research into the role of business crime reduction schemes in helping drive down low-level crime and anti-social behaviour. The findings are not a surprise to us. We know our members rely on us to support them to reduce crime and ASB, and bridge the gap between them and the police.
“Business Crime Reduction Schemes: An examination of operation, management and best practice” , written by Doctor Andrew Stafford, senior lecturer in Criminology at the University of Gloucestershire, gathers objective information - for the first time – to show how local schemes 'self-manage' low-level crime and ASB to help fill the growing 'policing gap'. The report confirms that private-sector crime reduction schemes:
• are ‘an essential part of modern-day crime control’, driving down low-level crime and ASB;
• help police deliver their obligation to prevent and detect low-level crime at a time when they have substantially reduced community policing;
• play a growing role in extra-judicial crime prevention and reduction initiatives such as Early Intervention and Restorative Justice schemes • are usually 100% self-funding without financial support from the public sector.
We are proud that our Safer Business Network BCRPs play this role for our members. Our membership offers a number of benefits to its businesses. To find out more get in touch.
Read the full report here