Anti-crime business meeting

WORKING together is the only way to help make Bridlington town centre a safer place.

That is the view of beat PCSO Bev Feirn who is holding the second quarterly meeting of Bridlington Business Watch next Tuesday.

The aim is to encourage businesses to work together to reduce crime in the community.

It is a partnership between businesses, the council and police, plus other agencies to keep everyone in touch with crime and disorder problems in the town.

The first meeting held on June 8 saw only about 14 people attend.

PCSO Feirn, part of the team responsible for policing the town centre, is hoping more turn out next Tuesday for the meeting, which starts at 6pm at Bridlington Spa.

PCSO Feirn said: “They need to be aware of the help they can get. If they don’t contact me with their concerns we can’t do much to help. If I can’t help them I am in constant touch with other agencies such as the anti-social behaviour team, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s safer communities, local councillors and others. If I can’t help I know someone who probably can.”

There are already networking groups among businesses, including the Brid Link radio alert system, linking dozens of shops with the police and each other which can track and warn retailers of shoplifters or other troublemakers. More networking, said PCSO Feirn and working more closely together should lead to reduce the costs and impact of crime against businesses and enable firms to protect themselves both individually and collectively.

Part of the Business Watch development is the Cop Shop in Bridge Street which is now open and offering a variety of services and advice about people’s concerns.

It has just received a boost following a recruitment campaign and now has seven potential new volunteers. The meeting is open to all businesses in the town centre area.