A new action group aimed at reducing criminal behaviour and the fear of crime in Walthamstow town centre has been launched.
The Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) will bring together the police, Waltham Forest Council, local business owners, and others to tackle concerns over violence and improve public safety.
It is one of several areas across the capital to be awarded Home Office funding with the aim of improving the quality of life for town centre users.
Among the aims of the new group will be to:
- Crackdown on anti-social behaviour
- Reduce violence and knife crime
- Tackle prolific offenders with exclusion notices, community protection notices and criminal behaviour orders
- Improve crime reporting and evidence gathering
- Sharing information on known offenders operating in the area
- Tackle nuisance associated with moped delivery drivers
The BCRP will also act as a focal point to teach business owners about how to spot signs of young people who may be at risk from knife crime, gangs, county lines, and child sexual exploitation.
More generally it will raise awareness about the impact on issues such as domestic abuse, violence against women and girls, and hate crime.
Around 50 businesses in the High Street business zone, which covers an area between Hoe Street, up to and including St James’ Street, will be invited to join the new group.
Cllr Ahsan Khan, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Waltham Forest Council, said: “A safe, welcoming town centre free of crime and anti-social behaviour is good for business.
“That’s why groups like the Business Crime Reduction Partnership are so important for all of us.
“Not only does it reassure the public that someone is watching out for them, but it creates a hostile environment for those that make life unpleasant for everyone else.”
The BCRP will also support the Council’s anti-social behaviour strategy to combat public nuisance alcohol drinking, aggressive begging, group disturbances and behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
Inspector Matt Turner, Partnership and Prevention Team, Metropolitan Police said: “Safer Business Network have a track record of delivering successful BCRPs in London and I’m excited to be working with them on this project.
“The scheme will adapt tried and tested BCRP practices to help tackle violence within businesses and the wider community.”
John Walker, of Crate UK based in St James Street, said: “I have been helping entrepreneurs grow small businesses into bigger ones throughout my career, and one of the most effective ways to do this is to build a network where they can exchange ideas and learn from each other.
“Businesses thrive in a safe environment; I wanted us to get involved in Business Crime Reduction Partnership so we can work together to continue to build a great place for businesses to develop and grow.’
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