Crime-fighting scheme rolled out in Derbyshire

Businesses across Derbyshire have been urged to work together by joining a scheme that aims to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour as the economic impact of Covid-19 takes hold. Jackie Roberts, manager of the Chamber-run Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP), believes greater collaboration between employers will be crucial to the recovery of town centres. About 100 organisations in

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Chesterfield, Matlock, Bakewell and Staveley are already signed up to the Partnership, sharing information that will help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the towns and surrounding areas. But it is now aiming to roll out

the scheme further afield into the rest of Derbyshire to co-ordinate a more joined-up approach across the county.

‘Any business should look to reduce crime and aim to keep their town or city safe from criminal activity and its knock-on effects’

Jackie said: “We know from past

experience that periods of economic uncertainty can lead to more crime and anti-social behaviour in town and city centres. “So as we come out of lockdown,

the need for crime reduction will become more prevalent. “Having already proven a success

in the towns in which we operate, we now think the time is right to expand the BCRP further into Derbyshire to lead a joined-up approach for reducing crime.”

Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa with members of the Business Crime Reduction Partnership in Chesterfield

The BCRP, one of 200 such

programmes in the country, is funded by both the Chamber and the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa. Its remit to reduce crime in the participating towns fits into an overall objective to make them a safer place to work, visit, socialise and shop. Members pay a fee, starting at

£50 for the first year, and benefits include a GDPR-compliant data- sharing system that facilitates direct reporting to the police without the need to use the time- consuming 101 system. Intelligence and crime reports

can be submitted electronically to the police and other BCRP members, who also have access to app and web-based image galleries of people who have been arrested or are known offenders. The British Retail Consortium’s

2020 retail crime survey, published in March just before lockdown, found there were 424 violent or abusive incidents towards staff per day nationally, while businesses lost

BCC director general to step down in 2021

The British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) has announced its director general Dr Adam Marshall (pictured)will leave the organisation in spring 2021. Adam has been in the role for five years and part of the leadership team

at the BCC for almost 12 years. He will leave the group in an enhanced profile and impact, a stable financial position, strong governance and a record number of women among both its executive and non-executive leadership. Working closely with the board, Adam will remain at the helm until 31

March to ensure there is a smooth and effective transition with his successor. He said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to serve this civic-

minded, passionate and purposeful network for nearly 12 years. I feel the time is right to hand over to a great successor, who will continue the fight for our business communities during the period of renewal ahead.”

£770m due to theft and £2.2bn resulting from overall crime. Jackie said: “These figures don’t

take into account other town centre issues that affect businesses, such as anti-social behaviour, robbery, begging, drug dealing and addiction. Businesses of all types will be affected by the fallout from crime, which means any business should look to reduce crime and aim to keep their town or city safe from criminal activity and its knock-on effects.” Derbyshire’s Police and Crime

Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa said: “The importance of partners working together to make retail areas safer, thereby encouraging footfall and cutting the costs of crime, cannot be overstated. “I’m very pleased to have been

able to support this scheme, which will ultimately benefit shoppers, retail outlets and the hospitality sector.”

Anyone interested in the Derbyshire Business Crime Reduction Partnership can email

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