Business Related Crime - What is BRC?
Tackling business related crime has recently become a priority for BCSP focusing on its effect on individuals as well as the local economy and its ability to attract visitors and investment.
Work will continue to reduce business related crime with greater emphasis on manging offenders, crime prevention initiatives and working more collaboratively with businesses
Priority will be given to continuing to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour relating to both the night time economy and the day time economy. Further information is provided below.
The Night Time Economy
The key priorities are:
- A safer night time economy for visitors
- A night time economy where people feel safer
- Safer pedestrian and passenger safety
- A night time economy where visitors are less vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime with more focus on reducing harm
- Development of the Night Time Economy Partnership – better exchange of information to understand problems & impact of interventions; strengthen relationships and more focus on promoting the city
- An emphasis on “vulnerability” to include: domestic violence, child sexual exploitation, organised gangs, ASB vehicles, prevent & protect against violent extremism, substance misuse.
The Day Time Economy
A new steering group will be developed in response to the business crime and anti-social behaviour that has an effect on the daytime economy. Particular focus will be given to retail crime, cash in transit and commercial robberies, metal thefts, bilkings (making off without payment) and public place nuisance. Other priorities include:
Continuing to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour on the public transport network to increase passenger confidence and safety
Understnading the nature and extent of emerging business threats of cybercrime and fraud, including Trading Standards violations, ensuring a dual focus on business crime and personal victimisation.
Developing new relationships with businesses to encourage a focus on community safety via existing forums such as the Business Improvement Districts and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership
Promote corporate social responsibility and encourage business participation in local community safety programmes supporting the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility.
A Business Crime Steering Group will monitor activity against delivery plans and membership of this steering group will include representatives from Business Improvement Districts, West Midlands Fire Service, Birmingham City Council (Economy Directorate), and third sector organisations representative from across the city.