Presentation on theme: "Facilitated by Business Against Crime Tuesday 19 th February 2013."— Presentation transcript:
Facilitated by Business Against Crime Tuesday 19 th February 2013
DBAC Team - Roy Aldwyn, John Briffett, John Porsch, Ian Pearce
Not-for -profit company Promote safety/security interests of Businesses large and small across the Borough Independent and accountable Provide Business Crime Reduction services Self-funding – plus external funding e.g. Home Office, Community Grants Volunteers/Part-time staff plus voluntary time Partnerships Nationally recognised and accredited
Operates in partnership with the Business/Retail Community, Police, Fire Service and DBC to prevent:- Shop theft. Criminal damage (including graffiti) Anti-social behaviour Alcohol-related violence Street robbery Other e.g. Counterfeit currency, Fraud, Arson, Safeguarding (Childsafe)
Real time communications i.e. Radio scheme Exclude perpetrators Assist in the apprehension and prosecution of offenders Manage and exchange information Training and development Provide reassurance e.g. Facts and stats Promote responsible business practices and due diligence Strong ties with other key agencies and organisations e.g. Community Safety Partnership
Information sharing arrangements e.g. offender/suspect photos and database Radio scheme implementation and training Modular Training and Development programme Police Owl training and support Exclusion notices Regular newsletter and positive publicity Run by DBAC for DBAC e.g. User groups, Pubwatch, OMG. All profits reinvested for benefit of members
105 members Borough-wide and growing Business crime a TCM, Police & DBC priority Established partnership with TCM, Police, Council Improved information sharing Newsletter and publicity Radio scheme development i.e. PTT technology Owl development National accreditations, awards and funding
One of the best value schemes nationally – in lowest quartile cost wise Flexible/subsidised charges – gold, silver, bronze, free. Free memberships for Charities, not-for-profit organisations Tax advantages for members e.g. Security, employee training and development
Broadcast to all members with a single push Talk privately on a one-one basis See the presence and availability of each member Create user groups Windows despatcher enables desk-top management of scheme, including members log-on monitoring, recording of messages and service information Greater functionality, for example text and photo capability, instant alert (panic button).
Hosted service with no up-front infrastructure costs and required permissions associated with traditional schemes e.g. base stations, aerial installations Flexibility e.g. scheme expansion opens opportunity of membership to remote locations Financial. Greater revenue opportunities presented by attracting new members.
Following 2 weeks of satisfactory field trials using both Nokia and BB3G handsets the scheme was implemented at the beginning of October 2012. Owing to budget limitations DBAC purchased re-furbished Nokia PTT phones for the majority of its members, plus a small number of the enhanced BB3G phones for use by police and CCTV control room The DBAC team worked closely with members and partners to support a smooth transition to the new scheme, helping to resolve handling problems experienced and where appropriate report technical matters to the InTechnology support team
New Technology, risks and scrutiny Handling Telephony – latency Reception Volume granularity Fit for purpose i.e. BB3G phones preferred, particularly if security involved, night time economy.
Customer support a priority Suppliers engaged directly to resolve technical problems Additional training and support Reception – alternative networks, WiFi Further improvements e.g. BB3G upgrade, WiFi, CCTV Control room despatcher - read only. Flexible funding e.g. BB3Gs for Pubwatch members.
Members submit incident reports to the dbac Crime Manager to enable information to be collated. The partnership operates within strict protocols and is based on successful models operating elsewhere. The dbac Crime Manager collects analyses and disseminates information about the most active offenders. The key to the scheme’s success is for business to work smarter by working together as partners more effectively Exclusion Notice Scheme
Initial Complaint Received: Council – allocated to ASB Officer and placed on Flare database Police – Computer system In all cases a dbac incident report created and submitted and entered on the incident report data base
Premises visit arranged by appropriate team in consultation with all other teams e.g. dbac, police, Council Agreement by partners of actions required to tackle problem dependant upon seriousness as follows - Exclusion Notice Scheme
Thresholds: Minor offences – Theft (including fraud, forgery and deception) - total value of goods less than £40 Not repeat offence Not aggravated i.e. does not involve Race/Hate, violence, threats of violence, intimidation. Exclusion Notice Scheme
Remedies: Verbal Advice/Warning ASB First Warning letter Restorative Justice Resolution
Serious Offences: Theft (including fraud, forgery and deception) - total value of goods more than £40 Repeat offence i.e. 3 or more offences within a 12 month period Aggravated e.g. Race/Hate, involves violence, threats of violence, intimidation. PPO referral Exclusion Notice Scheme
Remedies: ASB second warning letter/ABC/ASBO Reprimand, Final warning, FPN, Conditional/Formal Caution, Charge, Bail Conditions YOT disposal e.g. Reparation, Referral Orders, Youth Rehabilitation Order Exclusion Notice Exclusion Notice Scheme
DBAC has discretion to serve exclusion notice in any case it deems appropriate. Exclusion Notice Scheme
Summary: Exclusion Notices can be served by Police/LA ASB Team for: Theft offences over £40.00 Repeat offences where perpetrator has come to attention on at least 3 occasions, i.e. within the past 12 months, can included theft, ASB. Violent Offences Aggravating factors e.g. racist, homophobic. Exclusion Notice Scheme
Hertfordshire Trading Standards Community Safety Forums Business Against Crime Station Commander Dick Lawrence Tuesday 19th February 2013
Hertfordshire Trading Standards Activities undertaken Business Safe Clean & Sweep Vigilance Checks Volunteer Working
Hertfordshire Trading Standards A good example of what not to do ….
Hertfordshire Trading Standards Clean & Sweep Carried out by Fire & Rescue Service & partner agencies. HFRS presence is to; Identify fly tipping/arson risks, Remove obstructions/fire risks from exit routes of commercial properties.
Hertfordshire Trading Standards Vigilance Checks Carried out by Operational Crews Targeting known problem areas High profile visible deterrent Identify arson risks such as fly tipping etc
Hertfordshire Trading Standards Volunteers Support Operational Crews at Community Safety Events and also carry out arson patrols. The patrols are to identify fly tipping in rural and commercial areas and poor housekeeping amongst the business community.
What is ‘OWL’? 1. OWL is an advance online messaging system that allows police and partner agencies to provide the latest messages and crime alerts 2. Not only for NHW but can be used to create dozens of other schemes-i.e. Business Watch, School Watch etc.
Pro-active Crime Prevention Receiving emergency alerts to an incident Updates on current crime issues A greater sense of security Sharing local Intelligence Partnership working with the Constabulary
Messages can be send in the following way Email Text messages to mobile phones Letter Fax Photos can also be sent
Business Crime Reduction Partnerships Mike Schuck Operations Director The Association of Business Crime Partnerships
Attrition within the criminal justice system (Ack. Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science)
Cohort Study 33% of males will have a conviction by the age of 46 33% of males will have a conviction by the age of 46 half are convicted only once half are convicted only once just over half have a career of less than one year just over half have a career of less than one year nearly half convicted of theft or handling stolen goods nearly half convicted of theft or handling stolen goods 22% of crime recorded by the Metropolitan Police was classified as occurring on business premises 22% of crime recorded by the Metropolitan Police was classified as occurring on business premises (Ack. Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science)
Tunbridge Wells Safe Town MEMBERS – crime detection rate: 69% MEMBERS – crime detection rate: 69% NON MEMBERS – crime detection rate: 36% NON MEMBERS – crime detection rate: 36% MEMBERS – property recovered: 69% MEMBERS – property recovered: 69% NON MEMBERS property recovered: 12% NON MEMBERS property recovered: 12% Police Attendance at incidents: Police Attendance at incidents: 58% (2008) 58% (2008) 68% (2009) – significant reduction in shoplifting 68% (2009) – significant reduction in shoplifting
Background to ABCP Created in 2004 as Action Against Business Crime as a subsidiary of the British Retail Consortium. Created in 2004 as Action Against Business Crime as a subsidiary of the British Retail Consortium. ABCP is now an independent not-for-profit company. ABCP is now an independent not-for-profit company. Objectives: Objectives: 1) Develop new business crime reduction partnerships encompassing retail and evening economy 1) Develop new business crime reduction partnerships encompassing retail and evening economy 2) Reduce crime, violence and anti-social behaviour against retailers and in retail centres 2) Reduce crime, violence and anti-social behaviour against retailers and in retail centres 3) Work with businesses, police, PCCs, local authorities, CSPs, etc 3) Work with businesses, police, PCCs, local authorities, CSPs, etc 4) Help to create and support safer communities 4) Help to create and support safer communities
Achievements Over 125 BCRPs in England & Wales with around 30,000 business members Over 125 BCRPs in England & Wales with around 30,000 business members Accreditation through Safer Business Award Accreditation through Safer Business Award Evening economy Safer Socialising Award Evening economy Safer Socialising Award ABCP website with over 10,000 unique visits p.a. ABCP website with over 10,000 unique visits p.a. Development of regional partnership groups Development of regional partnership groups E-newsletter with circulation of over 15,000 E-newsletter with circulation of over 15,000
The strategy Develop town centre partnership as the start point Develop town centre partnership as the start point Borough/district wide Borough/district wide Secondary and rural locations, business & industrial sites Secondary and rural locations, business & industrial sites Regional partnerships - Kent, Sussex, London, South Midlands, South Wales, South West, North West. Regional partnerships - Kent, Sussex, London, South Midlands, South Wales, South West, North West. Linked crime data sharing Linked crime data sharing
Partnership structure Board of management Steering group Paid full/part time manager (plus support) Secure accommodation Radio link – includes police, wardens, CCTV, etc. Exclusion notice scheme Offender target files for members Incident reporting Access to police and other photographs Validation through Safer Business Award accreditation Evening economy – Safer Socialising Award
Partnership links Prolific offenders Wanted on Warrant Drugs/Alcohol/youth/ ASBO Teams PNC Markers CCTV / Radio links Information and photo sharing Exclusion notice scheme Town Centre Management Licensed premises Bus and railway stations Taxis Car parks Forecourts Hotels Truancy Street sellers Begging Street drinking Drug users Police Local Authority CJS
Members submit Incident and Intelligence reports Crime Trends and Target Offenders Identified -Intelligence Shared -Targets Excluded -Police Photos passed to Partners Raised target profile via police intelligence system Relevant information passed to local partnerships Liaison with drugs/ youth/alcohol/asbo teams Evidence produced for police and CJS. Liaison with CPS and courts Results relayed back to partners Newsletters websites etc. Partnership intelligence model
Provides a legal framework for sharing sensitive personal data under the DPA Enhances professionalism Encourages strong and effective local partnerships Motivates businesses with a stake in the commercial success of town, city or shopping centres Reassures customers and staff Recognises and rewards success
Benefits of business crime reduction partnerships Business crime reduction partnerships are: Business crime reduction partnerships are: Viable Viable Long-term Long-term Sustainable Sustainable Organised & strategic Organised & strategic Embedded, pro-active, community-based Embedded, pro-active, community-based They deliver: They deliver: crime reduction – both business and community crime reduction – both business and community Better relations between the business sector & police Better relations between the business sector & police Enhanced community cohesion Enhanced community cohesion
Benefits for business Improves customer perceptions of the town or location Reduces the fear of crime Generates more social use of locations Improves business conditions and profitability Enhances employment opportunities & staff retention Less theft, loss and workplace disruption Less violence, abuse and threats to staff Improves business relations with police
Benefits for police Excellent demonstration of practical partnership working Emphasis on crime prevention, reduction of opportunity and increasing risk to offenders Based on intelligence-led strategies Assists in identifying travelling criminals Provides operational intelligence not currently available to police and other agencies Improves police relations with business
Costs and savings Average cost of dealing with a shoplifter – opportunity and actual costs = Average cost of dealing with a shoplifter – opportunity and actual costs = £1,057 per incident (Hampshire Police stats) – investigation of incident, £1,057 per incident (Hampshire Police stats) – investigation of incident, arrest, transport, fuel, police time, food, medical care, custody, admin, case arrest, transport, fuel, police time, food, medical care, custody, admin, case preparation + plus court attendance if required preparation + plus court attendance if required Average % of all partnership incidents reported to police c35 – 40% Average % of all partnership incidents reported to police c35 – 40% Majority of incidents and offences dealt with by businesses and reported to Majority of incidents and offences dealt with by businesses and reported to the partnership, not police the partnership, not police Disrupt and deter policy to deny entry to known offenders to reduce Disrupt and deter policy to deny entry to known offenders to reduce criminal opportunity criminal opportunity Consequential savings to businesses in not having to deal with offenders, Consequential savings to businesses in not having to deal with offenders, police, courts police, courts Increases staff safety and reduces abuse, intimidation and assaults Increases staff safety and reduces abuse, intimidation and assaults