West Midlands PCC to launch crime-fighting scheme in Wolverhampton
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David
Jamieson will be launching a new crime-fighting app in
Wolverhampton this week.
Facewatch allows people to share images of suspected local
criminals and upload digital evidence to the police on their
smartphones and tablets.
Mr Jamieson will be launching the app on Thursday (Sep 15)
alongside Wolverhampton Business Crime Reduction Group
WvBCRG, comprising business leaders, the council and police, has
been set up to prevent crime and will hold the Facewatch licence in
areas including the city centre, Bushbury, Low Hill, St Peters,
Blaknehall, Wednesfield, East Park and Bilston.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said:
"Facewatch is downloaded for free and allows people to view CCTV of
wanted people in their area.
"Businesses can also use it as an instant crime reporting tool,
allowing them to provide CCTV pictures of suspects, statements and
crime details to detectives within minutes.
"Facewatch will make life tough for the shoplifters, vandals and
other criminals of Wolverhampton but much easier for local
businesses - and that is what we want to see.
"With even greater uptake of schemes like Facewatch, the launch
of initiatives such as Wolverhampton Business Crime Reduction Group
and the continued help from sharp-eyed members of the public, we
can tackle business crime and make Wolverhampton's shops, bars and
streets safer and more welcoming places to visit."
West Midlands Police has been using Facewatch for more than two
years and over 6,000 images have been uploaded in that time.
More than 1,000 West Midlands businesses have already signed up
to the app and more than 100 people have been arrested as a
Nationally, Facewatch has been downloaded more than 250,000
Businesses using the technology range from large retail chains
to corner shops, exhibition halls, transport providers and
Crime reports submitted via Facewatch are instantly sent to a
police contact centre and passed to investigators - officers can
then access full details of the crime from their desktop while
automatic update emails are sent to the victim. Officers use the
system predominantly to identify retail crime suspects like
shoplifters, pick pockets, and purse dippers but it's also helped
crack other cases and find missing people.
City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy,
Councillor John Reynolds, said: "It is crucial Wolverhampton is
seen as a place where people can visit and shop in a safe
"This in turn will attract more shoppers to the area to boost
the visitor economy.
"Facewatch will provide Wolverhampton businesses of all sizes
with an excellent tool to combat crime and I would urge them to
sign up to this proven and free technology."
On September 27, there will also be a free Technology and
Business Crime event at Wolverhampton Racecourse and Conference
Centre as part of Wolverhampton Business Week. It is an opportunity
for businesses and organisations to see how they can use the latest
technology to keep themselves secure. Exhibitors will include
Facewatch, Samsung, Panasonic, Epson, Thompson AVC, Cyber Skills
and many more. To book and for more information visit www.thompsonavc.co.uk/technology-2016
or contact Matthew Sarabadu on 01902 658822 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.