The National Business Crime Centre’s week-long campaign aims to protect businesses from crime, increase awareness of crime prevention measures and identify and enforce against criminals who target retailers.
Gwent Police is supporting a National Business Crime Centre (NBCC) campaign to help protect local businesses from crime.
As part of the initiative, and in what will be the second year NBCC has run the national week of action, officers from across the five local authority areas will host a range of engagement sessions to talk to businesspeople about:
the steps they can take to deter thieves
protecting their employees and premises from criminals
developing long-term solutions to combat issues affecting them.
The service’s activity will focus on all areas of business crime, including cyber and fraud.
As well as their engagement work to educate and inform businesses about increasing safety and security, officers will carry out intelligence-led patrols in areas affected by crimes like shoplifting.
Chief Inspector Paul Biggs said:¸
“Businesses across Gwent play a vital role in supporting our local communities – whether that be by offering employment, services or leisure opportunities.
“Year-round, our officers are committed to protecting these retailers and companies against those who seek to gain a profit from crime, or those who put workers’ safety at risk.
“This Safer Business Action Week, you’ll see Gwent officers patrolling high streets and supporting businesses by providing crime prevention advice. Using crime data, we’ll also be deploying officers to areas across Gwent that have been impacted by crimes like shoplifting or burglary.
“Business crime is not a victimless crime, and we are committed to identifying offenders and bringing them to justice.”
Superintendent Patrick Holdaway, of the National Business Centre, said:
“The week of action is coordinated nationally but it very much focused on local crime and ASB issues impacting retail and other businesses in the community. It is as much about engaging with businesses and the public as it is about identifying and catching prolific offenders. Last year’s week of action saw some fantastic results in targeting those who cause the most harm to businesses and also in building ongoing relationships between business, partners and the police.”