Business watch launches

Businesses in parts of Halesowen, Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood are set to benefit from the launch of a new business watch scheme.

The scheme funded by safe & sound,Dudley’s community safety partnership, initially rolled out across industrial estates in Halesowen.

Businesses in the area were concerned about thefts from their premises and were keen to join forces with the police to try to prevent future crime.

The scheme’s launch not only forges positive links between the police and local businesses but also encourages businesses to support each other with the ultimate aim of reducing overall crime in the areas.

On Quarry Bank High Street the voice connect link system will also be used as part of the scheme, enabling the police to contact businesses regularly and keep them up to date with any useful information.

Councillor Tim Wright, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said:

“Having a scheme that encourages businesses to both look out for each other and have more open communication with the police, is a positive way forward in deterring criminal activity in the areas.  I hope the scheme will prove successful for businesses in the borough.”

Police constable Angela Hogget’s, Dudley‘s crime reduction officer said:

“Business watch is a great way for businesses to work alongside the police and local authorities. It allows us to share information and possible intelligence effectively.”

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