Reducing crime in Brighton & Hove
When we first got introduced to Lisa and BCRP we didn’t anticipate just how big an impact our technology would have on helping to prevent crime in Brighton and Hove community.
Lisa Perretta and her team have been championing this incredible initiative for over 15 years and we feel proud to have supported her through this time.
So what exactly is BCRP and what made it so successful and effective?
‘Brighton & Hove Business Crime Reduction Partnership is a partnership-based approach to preventing crime and disorder. The partnership, at its simplest, is an intelligence gathering and information sharing system that leads to the effective prevention of crime and disorder.
With over 475 members the Brighton & Hove Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) is the largest in the UK. Members range from large multiple retailers to the small independent traders and vast array of pubs, clubs and restaurants which Brighton is renowned for’ – explains Lisa.
The technology part is a vital ingredient to connect everybody and provide intelligence and data for an effective response.
It operates on a Hytera DMR radio network with our SafetyNet platform and secure password protected website and app which provides accurate intelligence and up-to-date images of offenders.
But that’s not everything, BCRP is an ongoing process that reaches in many directions.
‘It provides crime prevention training, runs restorative justice sessions and operates an Exclusion Notice Scheme which bans prolific offenders from all BCRP premises.
Using intelligence gathered from members and the Police, the BCRP also refers offenders to partner agencies to secure support to address their offending behaviour in order to reduce the chances of re-offending.
Over the past decade it has helped hundreds of businesses around the city to increase their profitability by reducing crime and anti-social behaviour on and near their premises. The multi-award winning scheme works to create a safe environment for businesses and their customers through an effective partnership with Sussex Police and the local authority.
Crime, and just as importantly the fear of crime, has a significant negative impact on the profitability of business. The scheme helps to reduce shoplifting, alcohol related disorder, anti-social behaviour, street drinking, begging and theft from premises and customers.
Business Crime Reduction Partnerships are even more important now due to the reducing number of police we can expect to see on the streets of our towns and cities and the challenges of the economic climate we face ahead.’ – Lisa Perretta
This is one of many town safety schemes we have been supporting over the years using what we know best- our intelligent and cutting edge technology- to make a significant difference in improving safety and communication amongst communities. Now, more than ever, it is important that we have effective measures put in place to ensure fast response and share intelligence in critical situations.
For more information please visit www.bcrpbrighton.com