Since Monday 3rd June 2019, the targeted patrols have seen increased visibility of the police, with over 300 additional hours of police time ring-fenced specifically to the BID area. The focus of the overall operations has been on ASB (Anti-Social Behaviour), shop lifting and youth engagement.
The success of this partnership so far has shown in the high number of arrests (14), community resolutions and warnings that have been issued during these additional hours, the number of stops and searches (27) as well as the numerous business engagement visits that the police taskforce has taken (51). These include, so far: Primark, House of Fraser, Debenhams, McDonalds, Betfred, Boots, Ann Summers, Vue, Monsoon, M&S, Next, JD Sports, Turtle Bay.
As most schools close their doors for the long summer holidays this week, the police continue to demonstrate increased visibility in the town centre with their ‘End of School Term Policing Plan’. This plan is to protect the safety of all school children in Croydon and minimise any threat of increased disorder or criminal activity during this time.
Croydon BID’s ambassadors will be supporting this policing plan by also providing increased visibility, alongside Neighbourhood Support Officers, in the town centre. Croydon BID’s ambassadors carry two way radios, that link to other Croydon BID Radio Link users, as well as the town centre CCTV team and the police.
Rebecca Molloy, Business Crime and Safety Manager, of Croydon BID said,
“Building on the measurable success of our previous work, whilst working in close collaboration with the police and businesses, we are able to maximise the impact of the vital investment in increasing the safety of all who live and work in Croydon.”