BID Ranger speaking to staff

BID and partners work to tackle business crime in Weymouth

We Are Weymouth, the town’s business improvement district (BID), is working with businesses and partner agencies to tackle business crime as part of the National Business Crime Centre’s Week of Action Against Business Crime. 

The BID operations team and the BID Rangers have been working closely with the local Police and Community Safety Officers to reduce crime in the Town Centre, with the bid forming the Weymouth Business Crime Reduction Partnership, whose aim is to support and assist local businesses in creating a business community with zero tolerance to crime.

Superintendent Patrick Holdaway, lead for the NBCC said: “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.”

In Weymouth, the week will see the Police and BID Ranger visit businesses to provide pro-active crime prevention advice, and the promotion of schemes such as the DISC intelligence sharing system, and the Shop Watch radio, which links businesses together with the BID Ranger, Community Safety Patrol Officers and CCTV Operators. 

Zach Williams, Operations Assistant for We Are Weymouth said: “We are pleased to be supporting businesses in Weymouth in tackling business crime. The impact of crime on businesses is not only financial – it can also make staff and customers feel unsafe, and it’s important that businesses and partners work together to prevent and detect crime and bring offenders to justice. The BID already has a good working relationship with businesses, the Police and Council, having established the Weymouth Business Crime Reduction Partnership, sharing intelligence through DISC, and the introduction of the BID Ranger scheme, and we look forward to continuing this partnership into the future, helping make Weymouth an even safer place for all those who live, work and visit.” 

The week of action begins on Monday 17th October 2022.