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New partnership to reduce business crime

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A new crime-busting partnership has been formed to help businesses fight shoplifting and anti-social behaviour.  Avon & Somerset Police, Police and Crime Commissioner, Sedgemoor District Council and Somerset West and Taunton Council have joined forces to form The Safer Somerset Business Partnership, which aims to make the area a safer place to visit, shop and work through a range of initiatives.

One of the first schemes to be launched is a new business crime reduction tool that will help reduce shoplifting and anti-social behaviour from businesses or in the shopping centres across Somerset. 

The Database and Intranet for Safer Communities (DISC)scheme uses technology to help reduce business crime or anti-social behaviour by reporting or exchanging information in a quick and legal way with other members of the scheme.  It is a subscription service, offered by the Safer Somerset Business Partnership.

The software system can share visual intelligence and knowledge between members. It can also alert other members to known offenders, sending real-time information to the police to help identify developing patterns of behaviour or crime. The system can be used across a range of devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

The Safer Somerset Business Partnership has aDISCservice co-ordinator to answer queries and visit businesses to demonstrate how to use the technology and equipment.

Avon and Somerset Crime and Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “This is a brilliant new scheme that will help us effectively work together by sharing important information in a safe and legal way.

“From speaking to local people, I understand that businesses are not only affected financially by theft, but crime and ASB can make communities feel unsafe. We are committed to helping local businesses and preventing more people becoming victims of crime.”

More businesses are being encouraged to join the Partnership to take advantage of DISC and other schemes including CCTV, Radio Link, Business Watch and Pub Watch.

Further information on membership can be obtained from SaferSomersetBP@sedgemoor.gov.uk

Posted on Thursday 4th April 2019
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