Safer Business Network in partnership with Edmonton Green Shopping Centre, the Metropolitan Police and Enfield Council have successfully launched a ground-breaking initiative aimed at reducing crime, violence, and anti-social behaviour in Edmonton.
Funded by the Home Office, the Safer Edmonton Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) is part of a larger project coordinated by the Met Police Business Crime Hub that includes Community BCRPs situated across London.
Managed by Safer Business Network (SBN), Safer Edmonton BCRP aims to bring businesses closer together with key partners and community stakeholders to combat crime and anti-social behaviour within their local area. With an additional focus on violence reduction, knife crime and safeguarding young people; the SBN’s innovative approach aims to complement the strategic public health approach set out by Enfield Council’s community safety team and existing partners.
This unique BCRP model has also been created to support independent businesses and national retailers within the shopping centre by enhancing economic resilience in the post-COVID-19 context and reflects the aspirations of local business leaders’ recovery plans.
Businesses will be supported by a dedicated SBN team who will work closely with them to understand their crime and safety concerns. Their experienced personnel will also offer crime prevention advice and provide real solutions to address the issues that are impacting them the most.
Technology and the sharing of intelligence plays an important part in a community approach to reducing and managing crime. To support this, SBN will be providing their businesses and partners with the GDPR compliant web-based platform ‘SentrySIS’ where they can view and share photographs and information of known offenders operating in their area. Regular crime alerts and intelligence will also be securely exchanged via an easy-to-use smartphone app.
Working closely with partners, a streamlined reporting system will be introduced that will enable crime and anti-social behaviour to be analysed and swift action to be taken. A legal framework where persistent offenders can be excluded from business premises and the wider area will also be established to provide sustainable solutions to recurring problems.
Training packages and online webinars covering subjects such as personal safety, conflict resolution, first aid and counter terrorism will also be provided to businesses; equipping their staff members with the very latest skills and tools they require to safely respond to a wide range of every-day scenarios with confidence.
The holistic Community BCRP approach spearheaded by the SBN also aims to promote awareness campaigns throughout the year that will empower businesses to spot the signs of young people who may be at risk from knife crime, gangs, county lines, child sexual exploitation, human trafficking and modern slavery. This will also extend to highlighting wider societal issues such as domestic abuse, violence against women and girls and hate crime.
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Interim Chair of Safer Edmonton & Asset Director of Edmonton Green, Sabri Marsaoui, said:
“We must make a stand against crime and disorder impacting the businesses within Edmonton Green and the surrounding areas. We are very pleased to be working with our dedicated partners at Enfield Council, the Metropolitan Police, and the amazing team at Safer Business Network, and are confident that our Business Crime Reduction Partnership will literally create a Safer Edmonton for all.”
Hannah Wadey and Rita King, Joint Chief Executive Officers for Safer Business Network, said:
“We are delighted to be working with the Met Police Business Crime Hub and our local partners in Edmonton Green to deliver our Community BCRP model to tackle violent crime, and to support businesses in these very challenging times. We look forward to making a real difference to the local community in the area.”
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.”
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Cohesion, Cllr Nneka Keazor, said:
“The Edmonton Green Business Crime Reduction Partnership supports the work that Enfield Council and its partners lead on and new projects are reported through the Strategic Board and to Public Scrutiny Panels.
“We want to build on the work carried out in partnership with communities and local businesses and we will be supporting this BCRP through many initiatives. These include the installation of knife safes from the GLA (so that recovered knives can be stored safely), to monitoring the Council’s high quality CCTV adjacent to the Edmonton Green site and using data to understand the impact of this first Business Crime Reduction scheme for Enfield.”