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Iceni Magazine | December 12, 2018

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Norwich BID ALERT Scheme nobbles local criminal

The Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) ALERT scheme shows that crime in the city doesn’t pay. Using radios, online intelligence and a data sharing website called DISC, ALERT linked with the council run CCTV system, the Police and Jarrold’s store detectives to tackle a local shoplifter.   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   This recent incident highlights the brilliant team work between Jarrold, the CCTV control room and Police officers.  Jarrold used their ALERT radio to notify the CCTV control room of a theft; the information supplied was quickly used to track the offender, resulting in an arrest minutes later by the Police.

Due to the effective team working of the ALERT scheme, the case has now been fast tracked through the courts with the shoplifter possibly facing prison time within weeks.

A spokesperson for Jarrold said, “By working together with the Police, the councils CCTV team and security staff from other stores and shopping centres, we can, through the ALERT system, effectively track and target offenders committing crime in our stores to help make Norwich a safer place to shop”.

Martin Blackwell, Operations Manager, Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) said, “This is a great example of partnership working in the city centre to help reduce crime.  The ALERT scheme is a way we can quickly respond, monitor and take action against crime in the city.  We would encourage all businesses involved in the retail and night time economy sectors to join the scheme”.

Norwich BID is working to help reduce crime in the city centre through the ALERT Scheme.  The scheme instantly connects and alerts both retailers and the night time economy businesses, in real time, to issues across the city.  

Councillor Keith Driver, Norwich City Council cabinet member with responsibility for community safety said: “Through using the technology at our disposal and working together we are able to help keep local residents, visitors and city centre workers safe, and all of this can only be a good thing for local business”.

Any business interested in helping reduce crime in the city centre and who wish to join the ALERT scheme should contact Martin Blackwell, Norwich BID, 01603 727936.

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