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Croydon BID Signs the Mayor of London’s Women’s Night Safety Charter

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Croydon BID joins other London BIDs and businesses in signing the Women’s Night Safety Charter, which is part of the Mayor of London’s Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy and London’s commitment to the UN Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces global initiative. Over 390 organisations of all sizes have signed the Charter so far, including Transport for London, Meat Liquor and DICE.
The need to feel safe, whether it is night and day, is a right everyone should enjoy. Croydon BID, alongside its partners, continues to support the need to improve the overall feeling of safety with a range of services designed to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the town centre. 
 
Croydon BID works closely with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on improving police officer visibility in Croydon town centre through our joint overtime operations. Furthermore, Croydon BID’s new Night-Time Rangers have increased visibility since their launch in October 2020, with over 900 additional patrolling hours. 
 
Matthew Sims, CEO of Croydon BID said: 
“Croydon BID recognises the absolute need to support the feeling of safety at night. We are committed to supporting the Women’s Night Safety Charter and will work with many of our partners to encourage other business communities such as ours to do the same. It is important that we all promote the simple, important right that we should all feel safe, wherever we are, so that experiences of our towns and cities are positive. Together, we can collectively work towards a brighter, safer future for us all to enjoy.” 
 
In signing the Women’s Night Safety Charter, Croydon BID acknowledges that far more is required to improve the feeling of safety and hopes to work with partners to ensure this is the case for all. 
 
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: 
“We have all felt the outpouring of grief and anger from women following the tragic death of Sarah Everard, and the daily reality of male violence against women and girls. Things can and must change. I am committed to taking action to improve safety for women at day and night and that includes urging organisations across London to get behind the Women’s Night Safety Charter which will help venues and councils to take some simple, but important, steps to help women and girls feel safer on our capital’s streets after dark.  
 
“As we emerge from the pandemic, our city’s life at night has a vital role to play in both our economic and social recovery. That’s why we have laid out some of the boldest and most innovative plans for life after 6pm in any global city to help revive London’s high streets and ensure they are safe, inclusive, rescue our world-class night-time industries and support our vital night workers.
 
“But without the right financial support from the Government, that recovery cannot be guaranteed and that’s why I’m asking ministers to join with us in supporting our night-time businesses so they are ready to welcome Londoners again as lockdown measures begin to ease.”
 
To support the Women's Night Safety Charter, organisations that operate at night are being asked to sign-up to some simple pledges:
Nominate a champion in your organisation who actively promotes women’s night safety
Demonstrate to staff and customers that your organisation takes women’s safety at night seriously, for example through a communications campaign
Remind customers and staff that London is safe, but tell them what to do if they experience harassment when working, going out or travelling
Encourage reporting by victims and bystanders as part of your communications campaign
Train staff to ensure that all women who report are believed
Train staff to ensure that all reports are recorded and responded to
Design your public spaces and work places to make them safer for women at night
 
 
Croydon BID is fully committed to supporting this charter, and in addition to investing in safety at night in Croydon town centre. Croydon BID encourages and hopes that further business members will sign this charter on behalf of their organisations. 
 
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