New ISA Signed for Retail Crimewatch Scheme while Burglary Charges continue

Back in March BCCM signed a new Information Sharing Agreement with the PSNI in relation to our Retail Crimewatch scheme. This partnership agreement ensures information sharing continues with the PSNI and BCCM for another three years until 2023. 

The purpose of sharing relevant data is for the prevention and detection of retail crime, to reduce the opportunity to commit retail crime and the apprehension and prosecution of offenders. This is done by sharing information about business crime and the sharing of prolific offenders.  Retail Crimewatch aims to increase retailer vigilance and awareness of identified offenders to reduce theft and promote a safer environment for staff and the public alike. The engaging of local partners between BCCM and the PSNI to reduce this type of crime could not be achieved without the sharing of data as the crux of the scheme is alerting the businesses to be looking out for persons involved in business crime.

Retail theft continues to be a significant issue for retailers and PSNI. Working with partner agencies in dealing with retail theft is central to providing a professional and effective service to victims of crime for the PSNI.  It is recognised through recent Criminal Justice Inspectorate report that enhanced information sharing is required to effectively deal with business crime.

Pictured from L-R Constable Stella Mann, Inspector Pete Cunnigham, Assistant Chief Constable Muir Clark and Business Crime Partnership Manager Sarah-Anne Attwood

Since the introduction of the 'Flagging System' in February 2018 in targeting prolific offenders this new and significant process has resulted in an increase in the number of successful burglary convictions. To date we we have had 71 successful burglary convictions which have resulted in 37 custodial sentences being served, with sentences ranging from 2 months to 9 months. This is a fantastic result for our Retail Crimewatch Members.

For more information on our Retail Crimewatch scheme please email rcw@belfastcentre.com or telephone the BCCM office on 02890 242111.