Safer Hampshire Business Partnership
Crime and the fear of crime can impact on the profitability of your business. Working together with other businesses in your area to tackle and prevent business crime can help you to reduce shoplifting and anti-social behaviour. By being in constant touch with other businesses – sharing information, intelligence and ideas – you’ll be far better protected.
The Safer Hampshire Business Partnership brings together businesses, professional organisations, police, and public sector support agencies. It is chaired by Kate Gunson, Head of Criminal Justice, Commissioning and Partnerships.
More information about the work of the Safer Hampshire Business Partnership as well as other partnerships that may be useful for businesses can be found below.
Crime prevention advice specifically for businesses can be found in our Keeping your Business Safer section.
In December 2018, Business Crime was a focus of a COMPASS meeting, where the PCC scrutinises the Chief Constable.
Safer Hampshire Business Partnership
The Safer Hampshire Business Partnership brings together businesses, professional organisations, police, and public sector support agencies. It is chaired by Enzo Riglia, Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner.
The aim of the partnership is to work together with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office, Hampshire Constabulary and local business communities in identifying, understanding and preventing business crime.
By working together we will:
- Understand the extent and impact of business crime through improving reporting and increasing community engagement
- Increase the business community’s confidence in the police
- Improve intelligence and crime prevention
- Communicate and publicise actions emanating from the group
Members of the partnership include:
- Office of the Police and Crime commissioner
- Hampshire Constabulary
- British Transport Police
- Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
- Federation of Small Businesses
- National Federation of Retail newsagents
- Southern Co-op
- Portsmouth Business Crime Reduction Partnership
- Eastleigh BID
- Southampton Business Against Crime
- Security Industry Authority
- Princes Mead Shopping Centre
- Shop Direct
- The Institute of Directors
- Southampton GO
For further information about the work of the Partnership or to join, please contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Business Crime Survey 2017
In 2017 the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office in partnership with the Safer Hampshire Business Partnership ran a Business Crime Survey, providing the business community of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight with the opportunity to share its views on crime and disorder. We have based this consultation on a national approach combined with previous surveys run by the PCC, in order to reflect on anything that may have changed for the business community.
Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP)
A BCRP is a subscription-based, business-led, non-profit making action group working with police and the local authority to tackle and reduce crime and disorder affecting businesses. The overall aim is to create a safer environment within which businesses can operate and contribute towards the overall prosperity of an area.
Businesses routinely gather information about losses and loss prevention incidents, they will often detain offenders, record their details for a civil prosecution or claim and then serve the offender with a self-penned or self-policed banning order. An accredited BCRP serves to gather and hold this information for its member businesses. By collating it in one place they can establish trends and patterns as well as compiling lists of offenders before passing back relevant information in a data protection compliant manner to all relevant members, therefore allowing the member businesses to be more aware.
All this is overseen by a dedicated trained coordinator who is able to advise businesses on best practice and who will act as an advocate for the members in meetings with police and other bodies.
BCRPs in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
You can find out about accredited schemes in your area via the National Association of Business Crime Partnerships’ website.
If there is no BCRP in your area, you could contact your local Business Improvement District to find like-minded businesses and get in in touch with a BCRP nearby to learn about how best to go about setting one up.
Business Improvement District (BID)
A Business Improvement District (BID) is a business-led not-for-profit organisation that is funded through a levy collected from businesses within a defined area. With the money collected the BID then delivers additional services to the businesses within the BID area, making improvements to the town centre; benefiting those who pay into it as well as residents and visitors.
BIDs are created through a ballot process and there are currently more than 300 BIDs operating across the UK. A Business Improvement District is a defined area in which a levy is charged on all business rate payers in addition to the business rates bill. This levy is used to develop projects which will benefit businesses in the local area.
BIDs in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Hampshire and Isle of Wight: Federation of Small Businesses
The Federation of Small Businesses provides small businesses of all types with business services from legal advice to free banking, networking opportunities, and a powerful lobbying voice with local and national government. For details of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Team, click on regions and select South Central.
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight: Chambers of Commerce
The Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is a membership organisation comprising of local business organisations of all sectors and sizes. As a private sector, not-for-profit company we are independent and can therefore lobby effectively to make Hampshire the place to do business.
National Business Crime Solution
With almost 90 national brands as members the National Business Crime Solution (NBCS) enables the effective sharing of appropriate data between the police, crime reduction agencies and the business community, and proactively targets criminality to reduce crime and risks to all.
National Business Crime Centre
The National Business Crime Centre was created as a result of Home Office Police Transformation Funding. Its aims are to:
- improve partnership with the business community and raise national police standards, and to accurately understand and reduce the impact of crime
- enable businesses to target resources more efficiently, through effective intelligence and information exchange, disrupting organised business criminality at a national level
- prioritise prevention, enabling businesses to protect themselves from cyber, fraud and terrorism by being a conduit of best practice and a centre of excellence supporting all businesses throughout the UK.