Retail Crimewatch Scheme

Retail Crimewatch Scheme       

Retail Crimewatch is an information and image sharing exclusion order scheme between Belfast City Centre Management (BCCM), retailers and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). This crime reduction initiative allows retailers to serve civil Exclusion Orders on those found committing retail crime on their premises. Each month members receive images of individuals who are prolific shoplifters across Northern Ireland. These individuals have been convicted through the courts and are banned from entering the premises of all members. The scheme currently has 400 members.

               

Retail Crimewatch allows retailers to serve civil exclusion orders on those found committing retail crime on their premises. Each month members receive new images of individuals who are prolific shoplifters across Northern Ireland. These individuals have been convicted through the courts and are banned from entering the premises of all members. The scheme currently has 400 members. The PSNI also have ability to securely broadcast messages through the Retail Crimewatch online platform for example counterfeit currency warnings and travelling offender alerts. The online system distributes images faster and more securely than before. By being able to distribute monthly Retail Crimewatch images electronically it enables the scheme to adopt more users onto the system from different policing districts providing more images of offenders and the ability to securely broadcast messages within a live environment from the PSNI.

Over the last 12 months the Retail Crimewatch Scheme has received notable success. The scheme was awarded the Best Collaborative Solution at the Fraud Awards 2018 in Leicester and Sarah-Anne Attwood who manages the scheme was awarded runner up high commended in the Woman of the Year Category. The scheme was also shortlisted as a finalist at the European Association Awards 2018 within the Best Membership Initiative by an Association category and the scheme was shortlisted at the Association of Town Management Awards within the Best Safety, Security & Resilience Scheme 2018.

    

Retail Crimewatch takes a very practical approach in dealing with shoplifting by empowering shop owners to work together. Retail crime can have a significant impact on the performance of businesses, in particular independent businesses, as the financial loss of retail crime can quite literally put the viability of small businesses and jobs at risk.

The number of images being distributed enables retailers to identify prolific offenders in their stores and as a result of challenging these individuals, reduce their stock loss and minimise their financial loss. The scheme takes a very practical approach in dealing with shoplifting by empowering shop owners to work together. Retail crime can have a significant impact on the performance of businesses, in particular independent businesses, as the financial loss of retail crime can quite literally put the viability of small businesses and jobs at risk. More information on the scheme can be found here.

For more information on Retail Crimewatch or to join the scheme, contact Sarah-Anne Attwood, Business Crime Partnership Manager. 

Tel: 02890 242111/ Email: sa.attwood@belfastcentre.com

For information on how to address Business Crime, protecting your premises, protecting your stock and protecting your staff the PSNI have put together key points of advice which can be viewed on their website https://www.psni.police.uk/advice_information/business-crime