For over 10 years, Croydon BID has been committed to investing in your safety, spending in excess of £2.73m on a range of initiatives designed to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime across the town centre.
The new initiative will, as a pilot, run for a period of three months starting week commencing, Monday 3rd June 2019. The aims of the new partnership will in essence focus on reducing business related crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) while supporting intelligence sharing across the business community.
Firstly, there will be six targeted operations carried out across the three month period focusing on the key safety and security issues affecting our business such as ASB, shoplifting and youth engagement. Each operation will consist of at least six officers with the sole intention of focusing on the issues that matter to our businesses.
To support these focused operations, Croydon BID has also agreed to fund additional overtime activities in the hope of increasing visibility in the town centre. Across thirteen weeks, Croydon BID is investing in 468 additional police hours to cover three days per week focusing in particular on Thursday and Friday. This initiative will cover not only the day time economy but the early evening.
Matthew Sims, Chief Executive of Croydon BID said: “With changes to the police funding model, we are reviewing how best we can serve the town centre business community moving forward, adding value and making sure we reduce the ever present challenges and impact criminal activity has on our community. This partnership forms part of a wider discussion on how we deliver a more long term solution for our businesses. In the short term, I very much hope that this partnership demonstrates our commitment to supporting our businesses in the fight against crime.
This new approach follows the introduction of the new Basic Command Unit (BCU) which has created the tri-borough of Croydon, Bromley and Sutton. The new BCU came in to affect in February 2019.
Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer, Interim Borough Commander said: “As a police force, we embrace the need for greater partnership working such as this and look forward to enhancing the work already being deployed by my officers to improve the overall feeling of safety within the town centre and borough. Business crime and its impact is very much a priority as is the need to foster and develop partnerships such as these.