Fleet watch

Did you know?

According to Hampshire Police:

  • In recent months and years Fleet has been targeted by shoplifters which is due to the success of ShopWatch schemes in surrounding towns.

The British Retail Consortium reported that:

  • Customer theft remains the single biggest component of retail crime. This accounts for 83% of all incidents by volume and 56% of the total direct cost of retail crime.
  • When surveyed, 40% retailers said that theft by customers is the biggest crime-related threat facing them in the next 2 years.

Fleet BID’s FleetWatch Scheme is designed to reduce and prevent crime in the town. FleetWatch includes a radio system connecting businesses directly to the CCTV Control room and DISC secure online offender database. FleetWatch is designed to make Fleet a safer place to do business. 

Who is FleetWatch for?

FleetWatch is available to retailers as well as bars, clubs, restaurants and taxis who operate in Fleet in the evening.
The scheme includes Fleet town centre and DISC is free to businesses in the BID area. The FleetWatch scheme and the radio system covers areas as far as Church Crookham and Elvetham Heath.

What is included with FleetWatch?

Digital Radio System

Digital Radio System

  • Connect to businesses in the FleetWatch Scheme to communicate about potential offenders and trouble makers.
  • Connected to Hampshire Police, which allows you to report suspicious behaviour and alert the police.
  • Connected to Hampshire Police control room. This  means the control room can control the direction of CCTV cameras in the event of an incident.
Online Computer System Disc

Online Computer System, DISC

  • You can upload images of suspected shoplifters and other offenders. This means other businesses in the area are aware of suspicious activity locally.
  • The police also upload images of known offenders so you know who to look out for.
  • Mugshot galleries of active offenders in the Fleet area.
  • The system can be accessed via a PC or an app on your phone. You can sign up to alerts so that you know when new offenders’ details are published.

What you need to do?

  • To sign up to FleetWatch complete the attached Booking Form.

Resources

Business crime guide fraud

Business Crime Guide to identifying and reporting business crime

One in four businesses is affected by fraud every year and in 2017, fraud cost UK businesses £190billion. Fraud is a crime involving misrepresentation, trickery, scams, imposters or deceit. 

Fraud almost always involves money, either directly or indirectly. No loss needs to occur for an offence of fraud to have been committed.

 

Hampshire police and Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and internet crime, have developed a guide to help businesses identify and report different types of fraud.

 

Download the guide here.

 

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Guides to Hate Crime for Employers and Employees

The Safer Hampshire Business Partnership, Hampshire Constabulary, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Enterprise Rent-a-Car Ltd have worked together to create guides to hate crime, designed for businesses who want to ensure their managers and employees are supported appropriately should they become a victim of or witness a hate crime in the workplace.

Download the Guide for Employers here.

Download the Guide for Employees here.

For more guidance on violence and abuse in the workplace visit the Hampshire Police website here.

 

Commercial Crime Survey results

The results of the 2018 Commercial Crime survey

The results of the 2018 Commercial Crime survey (CVS) have been published recently by The Home Office.

The survey covers three main sectors (as defined by the Government Standard Industrial Classification – SIC – codes: Wholesale & retail; Agriculture, forestry & fishing and Accommodation & food (includes pubs, bars, restaurants).

The key findings are:

  • As in previous survey years, the wholesale and retail sector experienced the highest levels of crime of all sectors covered with 10.1 million incidents of crime.
  • There is a general upward trend (from 2015) in the number of incidents, although these relate to an increased frequency (ie certain businesses are being targeted more often) rather than more businesses being targeted.
  • Repeat victimisation has particularly increased for “theft by customers”, up from 49 incidents per premises in the 2012 CVS to 92 incidents per premises in the latest year.
  • Crime in the Agriculture, forestry and fishing and Accommodation and food sectors have remained largely stable.

The full survey results can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/crime-against-businesses-findings-from-the-2018-commercial-victimisation-survey

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