Safer Action Business Week delivers for Croydon town centre

As part of the National Business Crime Centre’s national Safer Action Business Week, Croydon BID, Croydon Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), and businesses came together to reduce the impact of business crime in our town centre.
On Thursday 19th October 2023, Croydon BID and our Street Ranger team joined forces with the Croydon MPS and security teams from many of our high street businesses to create a day long shoplifting operation to offer greater visibility, reassurance, and to deter crime.

The day of action, which resulted in four arrests, six community protection notices, and two penalty notices for disruption, aimed not only to reduce the impact of shoplifting on businesses, but also to foster a deeper relationship and increased communication with the town centre community.

Croydon MPS worked alongside Croydon BID Street Rangers, security teams from our shopping centres, and well-known high street brands. Communications on the street were improved thanks to the Croydon BID Radio Link, allowing for better monitoring and identification of potential shoplifting incidents, as well as a quick response.

The week of action is an opportunity to bring police and partners together to tackle the key issues of business crime in their communities. Each police force taking part will be holding various crime prevention activities and initiatives to increase engagement with local businesses and retail outlets and tackle some of the most prolific offenders.
Supt. Patrick Holdaway, lead for the NBCC
Shoplifting and anti-social behaviour is a common challenge for towns and cities across the country. Croydon is not immune to that. The shoplifting operation as part of Safer Action Business Week is a great example as to what can be achieved together. Working with our partners we are determined to implement further partnership focused operations into the Croydon town centre. The impact of shoplifting and business crime is rising at an alarming rate and we, side by side with our partners, are committed to offering support to our town centre businesses.”
Shaun Webster, Director of Operations

Croydon BID represents over 500 members across the town centre, investing c. £250k into working through the challenges of business crime. This includes: the introduction of our Croydon BID Street Rangers; the upgrade of our Croydon BID Radio Link; the freely accessible Croydon Business Crime Reduction Partnership; and the valuable partnership work with agencies such as the Metropolitan Police Service.

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