As the festive period has gotten fully underway, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner has headed out on patrol as part of a West Midlands Police’s business engagement day.

The PCC, Assistant PCC and Assistant Chief Constable will be on the Soho Road in Birmingham.

The day is aimed at providing advice, assistance and signposting retailers and business owners to ensure they know the best ways to keep themselves and their businesses secure and to hear their concerns during the busy Christmas period.

Across the West Midlands police officers and PCSOs headed out on patrol to engage with businesses and to give them crime reduction advice as well has informing them of the best ways to contact West Midlands Police if they are victims of crime.

David Jamieson said: “At this time of year when businesses see a surge in demand as the Christmas period gets well underway it is also vital that retailers keep their premises secure and know how to lessen the chances of becoming victims of crime.

“We have seen offences such as shoplifting fall in our region in the past year which is promising. However, myself and West Midlands Police are determined to continue to support businesses in reducing these crimes further.

“Businesses suffer greatly from being victims of crime – which leads to the cost of goods increasing for everybody. Continuing to support businesses, working with the police will help us strengthen the local economy and reduce crime.

As part of the engagement day, businesses were given information about the most effective ways to contact West Midlands Police and report crimes.

Assistant Chief Constable, Vanessa Jardine said: “Engagement with our Neighbourhood Policing teams is key for any business no matter how large or small, this can help prevent crime and keep staff safe.

“West Midlands Police have joined the National Business Crime Centre in providing advice for businesses and that advice can be found on our website”.

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