West Midlands Police go ‘all out’ on business crime
Ahead of Black Friday, the West Midlands Police and Crime
Commissioner headed out on patrol with PCSOs as part of an 'all out
day' to tackle crimes against businesses and to hear the concerns
of retailers as the busy Christmas season begins.
The 'all out day' saw neighbourhood officers across the West
Midlands spending their time speaking to businesses, giving crime
reduction advice and highlighting the most effective ways to report
incidents to West Midlands Police.
David Jamieson said: "At a time when we are seeing acquisitive
crimes such as theft and robbery rising across the country it is
vital that businesses are taking the right measures to protect
their premises and websites from crime. The police are alert to
these problems and are working with businesses to help them protect
"The 'all out day' is an opportunity for businesses right across
the West Midlands to receive advice from the police on how to do
"This week when so many shoppers will descend on retailers for
Black Friday, it is important that retailers know what action to
take if they are a victim of crime."
Businesses were made aware of the ability to now report crimes
online and contact the police through live chat. They were also
informed of a business crime reduction online session run by Mark
Silvester from West Midlands Police.
Co-Chair of the West Midlands Business Crime Partnership, Waheed
Saleem added: "This initiative is aimed at increasing confidence in
the police within the business community. They are a vital part of
the economy and we need to work closely.
"Businesses can suffer drastically from being the victims of
crime. This leads to rising costs for everybody. The police working
hand in hand with businesses will help us reduce crime and
strengthen the economy."