Saffron Walden BID has set up a Business Watch Scheme to help identify and share security risks and suspected criminal activity. This has started with a WhatsApp Group for all businesses in the BID area.
After being invited to a Police and Business Round table meeting chaired Kemi Badenoch MP, BID Board director Shara Vickers took on responsibility for setting up the WhatsApp group to get things going.
The BID is working alongside Essex Police for guidance in setting it up and to make sure all the necessary information is collected for police follow up.
This is an instant and free way for shops and businesses to alert their neighbours of any suspected criminal activity they think others should be aware of. While Saffron Walden is still a relatively safe place, any information on suspected criminal activity in the town could help with a conviction later on.
‘Our aim is to promote a safer environment for our town’s businesses and to bring businesses together to help prevent crime. It also is a practical way that links with our local policing teams. Initially we plan to roll out the WhatsApp group to BID business owners and managers, but if it is successful, we could include other businesses further afield. We hope for a good take up.’ Shara Vickers, Tela Ltd and SWBID director.
If you are a business in the SWBID area, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
In all instances we advise members, that if they see a suspect vehicle / person or any crime being committed, to call 101 or 999 as appropriate or report a crime online by visiting: https://www.essex.police.uk/do-it-online/