Launch of the Business Crime Reduction Partnership in Grays
The Business Crime Team have been working closely with Thurrock Council on a new Business Crime Reduction Partnership in Grays, which will help make the High Street and surrounding area safer for businesses and visitors alike.
The Partnership which was launched at a Safer Streets event in Grays on 19th August 2021, will create a support network for local businesses, enabling them to keep connected, be updated on local issues and receive crime prevention advice. It will also allow them to link directly into local council and police services.
In the run up to the creation of the partnership, the BCT spent time visiting businesses, talking about the local issues affecting them and the benefits of creating a support network. The network forms part of a raft of improvements and investment in the Grays area following a successful ‘Safer Streets Fund’ joint bid by Thurrock Council and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Roger Hirst worth £432,000. This was further bolstered by an additional £193,000 in match funding bringing the total to £625,000.
The funding has already been used to employ two new Street Wardens for Grays town centre. They will provide a visual presence in the area and a vital link to support. If you see them, please say hello and report any concerns.
The funding will also help to pay for a radio link for businesses, the BCT vision being that each business in the area who wants a radio will have access to one, and that it will give them an instant link to other businesses for support.
The event held in Grays saw partners coming together to reassure businesses and their customers about the improvements and the stand being taken against crime and anti-social behaviour affecting businesses in Grays.
Community Behaviour Order
A real success story this month saw PC Alex Plakhtienko attend Crown Court to secure a 5-year Community Behaviour Order (CBO) on a prolific offender with 28 convictions for violence and theft against businesses in Essex. The Order places conditions on the offender’s movements and crucially will also assist in rehabilitation to help prevent further reoffending taking place.
An application for a CBO can be sought once violent and/or persistent offenders are identified by officers and partners. The process sees the BCT spending time with victims in the business communities, finding out how the offence has affected their business and personal lives and preparing an impact statement. Impact statements are important as they allow the court to understand the true impact of criminality on the victim. The next time the offender is arrested, charged, and sent to court, the CBO application is submitted. The benefit of this means that there is no delay to the court attendance and the Business Crime Team can attend and secure the order.
Initial meetings have been conducted between the BCT, the Chelmsford Community Policing team and Chelmsford City Council around a plan for supporting businesses in the city. Areas for us to concentrate on include Moulsham Street, Duke Street, the city centre end of Broomfield Road and the Market Place.
We are looking at what will work and what business will want to see and will keep you updated.