For over ten years, Safer Business Network (SBN) has operated in London using Disc and is currently working in 11 Boroughs, and offering services to 17 BIDs.

SBN supports London’s business communities by addressing their crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) issues. A combination of its long experience and specialised knowledge delivers clear and quantifiable benefits to its BID customers and their levy-payers, by efficient and effective information-sharing through Disc but also by building positive relationships with local police, council departments and other key stakeholders.

With a reach of over 2,000 businesses large and small, SBN works across both the retail and night-time economies, building and managing successful and effective Business Crime Reduction Partnerships (BCRPs) across the Capital.

Among SBN’s services is SBN Link – enabling BIDs to outsource complete management of their safer and secure projects to the experts. The first SBN Link customer was Your Bromley BID for which SBN has been managing Bromley Businesses Against Crime (BBAC) since the end of 2020.

Before then, BID manager Frances Forrest had managed BBAC herself, using Your Bromley’s own Disc system. Since signing up for SBN Link, and handing over day-to-day administration of the Disc system, Frances and Your Bromley BID hasn’t looked back.

Says Frances: “By reviewing our safe and secure project areas and managing our intelligence platform, SBN has helped us provide our high street businesses with important crime prevention advice and critical information on offenders via Disc. Thanks to this, we’ve recovered over £20,000 worth of stolen stock – a key factor in helping us to a successful renewal ballot in Feb 2021”.

A case in point: through Your Bromley BID’s Disc system, SBN was able to link a number of offences committed by two unknown individuals who were using a de-tagger to shoplift in Bromley, and to identify them, using SBN’s intelligence resources.

SBN appealed for more information not only from Bromley’s own businesses but also from Lewisham, where SBN manages the Safer Lewisham Business Partnership and where Disc is also deployed.  Because both Disc systems are networked it was easy to share intel across the two boroughs and, working with police colleagues, SBN identified the suspects (who had previously been active in Lewisham).  SBN raised their profile with the local Met Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams as well as with the business communities themselves.

Arguably, displacing offenders out of Lewisham – and into neighbouring areas such as Bromley – demonstrates the effectiveness of Safer Lewisham Business Partnership. However, by sharing intel on travelling offenders like these through Disc, Bromley’s business community became more aware of them so they can report them more frequently and promptly – and to displace them out of Bromley too.

Making life more and more difficult for prolific offenders, by sharing intel about them between networked Disc systems, can help reduce their criminal activity. And gathering more intel, across a wider area, provides police with the support they need to bring prolific offenders to book.

If you are a Business Improvement District, and want to find out how Disc can support you visit www.discagainstcrime.com; to find out more about Safer Business Network including how its services can help your members https://www.saferbusiness.org.uk/