Facewatch helps London retailers tackle petty crime

12 November, 2010

The Victoria district of central London has set up an online crime reporting system to tackle low-level incidents such as shoplifting and bag theft.

Facewatch has been introduced under the area’s Business Improvement District status and will allow shops, pubs, bars and restaurants to share information and CCTV pictures of offenders.

It hopes the system will make it easier and cheaper for the police to secure convictions and act as a deterrent to petty criminals.

Mike Noakes, chairman of the Victoria

BID, said: “We want to ensure businesses can trade in an area where they feel supported by a committed police team.”?Facewatch fees are on a sliding scale, starting at £15 per month for businesses with annual turnover of up to £500,000, to £100 a month for £5 million-plus.




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