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Business Against Crime

Project purpose:
To reduce high levels of crime against business premises.

Project description:
Business Against Crime (BAC) is a partnership between West Midlands Police
(WMP) and Lye Town's Business Community, which was implemented in January
2001 in response to high levels of crime against business premises.

This private-public venture has now evolved into a non-profit making limited company
with a broader portfolio of partners including Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council,
Black Country Chamber, Black Country Business Link, Insurance2Day and Lloyds
TSB.

From April 2000 - March 2001 commercial burglary was the most reported crime in
Lye, accounting for almost a quarter (22.65%) of the town's crime. This rate was
disproportionate when compared to the rest of the Dudley South Police Area where
commercial burglary averaged 10.71% of overall crime and other areas with a
greater commercial balance than Lye.

An independent survey and feedback at BAC meetings confirmed that although


police statistics were indicative, they did not reflect the true extent of business crime
in the area. The root causes of the problem were identified as a lack of responsibility
for and awareness of security and poor communications.

BAC focused on promoting corporate responsibility and improving communication


between members, the wider business community and the police by:
 Capitalising on e-solutions for gathering and disseminating "hot intelligence"
 Circulating BAC News, a free monthly publication that includes local crime trends
and appropriate crime reduction/prevention advice to over 800 businesses
 Employing a media strategy to improve BAC profile and sell key messages
 Introducing a referral scheme aimed at victims and business start-ups
 Lobbying government and involving itself in community events

BAC recently held a Security & Safety Trade Show with all exhibitors and visitors
coming from the locality. The show generated over £40,000 of business.

In BAC's first year, commercial burglary in Lye Town reduced by 42%, this is set
against a 1.15% increase across the Dudley South Police Area.

BAC is on target to achieve its plan of becoming a self-sustaining organisation


funded through membership within three years.