Businesses on a Nottingham industrial estate which has been blighted by a recent spate of crime and anti-social behaviour are being asked to consider setting up a new community security scheme.
Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce and Nottinghamshire Police are this week meeting with firms on the Colwick Industrial Estate to unveil proposals to launch a new BusinessWatch scheme in the area.
Over the last 12 months, the area has suffered 169 incidents of anti-social behaviour and 60 other crimes – including burglaries, theft from and of vehicles, criminal damage and forgery/fraud.
One particular problem on the estate is the theft of scrap metal, which the Chamber estimates costs businesses in Nottinghamshire £12m-a-year and £48.2m across the East Midlands.
Recent figures show that the average business loses £5,000 to crime every year, with criminal activities ranging from simple theft or vandalism right up to complicated fraud - all having a damaging effect.
The Chamber and police last year agreed to work closely to boost security in identified areas of need and work with groups of businesses to develop and introduce self-sustainable BusinessWatch schemes, which utilise police expertise and reduce firms’ expenditure on crime prevention measures.
The Chamber’s BusinessWatch initiative was launched in 1995 and since then has helped to improve security for over 2,500 local companies, preventing business crime and reducing the ongoing cost of improved security.
George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Business crime remains a serious issue which not only affects companies, but can also have a knock-on impact on the economy in general, so it is absolutely crucial that firms do all they can to protect their premises, equipment, product holdings, staff and customers.
“The Chamber became aware that this is currently an issue on the Colwick Industrial Estate and is proactively working with the police and businesses in the area to help improve security and reduce the amount of crime and anti-social behaviour suffered by the firms located there.
“The main aim of this partnership approach is to continue to reduce the impact, threat and fear of business crime by supporting local firms and equipping them with the tools and knowledge they need to fight it.”
Sgt Richard Stones, from Nottinghamshire Police’s Business Crime Team, added: “Business crime continues to fall across the county, but in order to ensure it continues to do so in these challenging financial times, we believe a collaborative approach will achieve this and help to support business owners across Nottinghamshire.
“Over the last six years, the Nottinghamshire Police Business Crime Team has gained an international reputation for building effective partnerships with the private sector to reduce business crime and we hope to replicate this success in Colwick by bringing local businesses together to tackle these issues.
“We know that if we help businesses educate their employees in good crime prevention awareness, they are also likely to apply those principles at home, thereby making their homes less vulnerable to crime. This combined response to business crime provides us with invaluable business support to maximise our delivery of business crime reduction. This approach will continue to make Nottinghamshire a safe place to do business.”
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