Support for local businesses to tackle crime

Business Crime Action Plan.Omagh

Published: 23rd January 2017

A new Action Plan to help businesses tackle crime has been developed by the Department of Justice, the NI Policing Board, the PSNI and the business community.

The Business Crime Action Plan sets out an agreed partnership approach between the business community, the PSNI, the NI Policing Board, Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs) and the Department of Justice on how they will work together to address business crime.

The Action Plan includes a useful toolkit with crime prevention tips and advice to help create safer working environments. The toolkit also provides information on cyber crime and cyber security and the PSNI’s Safe Shop Scheme. The Safe Shop Scheme outlines the rights of shop or business managers or staff on preventing entry or removing people from their business premises and provides advice on what managers and staff should do if an offence occurs within their premises.

Welcoming the launch of the Business Crime Action Plan and its associated toolkit, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), Councillor Keith Elliott, said:

“Fermanagh and Omagh PCSP is very aware of the cost of crime to local businesses and I encourage businesses within the district to take advantage of business crime prevention advice and support available to them. The Safe Shop Scheme for example, which is outlined in the Business Crime Action Plan toolkit and is delivered by PSNI Crime Prevention Officers, provides practical training for retail businesses to help protect against shoplifting.”

PSNI Chief Inspector Clive Beatty, said:

“Regardless of size, businesses are at the heart of our community providing critical services and much needed employment. Crimes against business not only impacts the local economy, but also damages the prosperity and perceptions of our towns and villages. We recognise that business crime, no matter what sector, is not a victimless crime; from financial loss, to abuse and violence towards frontline staff, all crime has a lasting negative impact and we will continue to work collaboratively with local businesses, partners and agencies and the community to prevent harm, protect our citizens and detect offenders.”

For further information or to request a copy of the Business Crime Action Plan and toolkit, please contact the PSNI’s Crime Prevention Officers, David Glass or Joe Keys by telephoning the PSNI’s non-emergency telephone number 101.

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