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Karl Flinders

A partnership between businesses and police in Croydon has reduced the level of crime, including a 26% reduction in shoplifting.

The Croydon Business Crime Reduction Partnership (CBCP) was created to protect Croydon's retail businesses and their customers.

The organisation has harnessed data-sharing software from Hicom to track criminals and those involved in anti-social behaviour.

Shoplifting has been reduced by 26% since the Hicom's National Business Information System (NBIS) technology was implemented. NBIS enables the group to share crime data between members, track offenders and produce detailed reports and analysis on criminal activity in the area.

CBCP is separated into Business Watch, Pub Watch and Travel Watch to ensure it covers all amenities.

"A key advantage for CBCP is that NBIS is a national system capable of tracking the movements of known offenders throughout the country and sharing this information with other UK crime reduction partnerships," said Alan McWilliams, business crime reduction manager at CBCP.


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