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Businesses transmit clear message on safety and security in city centre

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 16 June 2020 8:00

At a time when safety and security in our shopping centres is paramount businesses in Gloucester have revealed a new tool in their arsenal to make that commitment effective long term. 

An investment believed to be in the tens of thousands of pounds has equipped city centre businesses which are members of the City Safe scheme with state-of-the-art radios. 

The kit, which includes some back-office tech, has been part funded by the Gloucester Business Improvement District (BID) andoperatedby the City Safe Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP).

All members of the City Safe are linked via a radio management system to the CPOs, police officers and police CCTV.  

But the City Safe radio system used to communicate Yellow Card alerts has been failing over in the last couple of months and with the lockdown giving cause for reassessment, the decision was made to invest now.  

Justin Hudson, manager of Butlers Venue Bar in Eastgate Street and chairman of Gloucester LVA made a recommendation to the BID to provide the funding needed to upgrade the radio equipment needed to re-energise the City Safe project. 

These new radios and back office function will soon be in place and ready for the operation across Gloucester when it returns to ‘the new normal’. 

Steve Lindsay, City Safe manager, said: “It is fantastic that so many BID members are already members of the City Safe scheme and these new digital radios for retailers, pubs, bars and restaurants, offer our members a considerable financial saving as well as helping to reduce crime in the city.” 

Gloucester City Safe is a not for profit organisation formed in 2014 by representatives of Gloucester’s daytime and night-time economies with the sole intention of facilitating the reduction of crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.  

Gloucester City Safe runs an Exclusion Scheme whereby members can issue ‘Yellow Card’ warnings to persons who misbehave in or near their premises. 

Normally two Yellow Cards would lead to an exclusion from the services of all members of Gloucester City SafeThis includes shops, restaurants, pubs, clubs and transportation services 

It is this strength in unity of the members that makes the scheme such a deterrent to would be offenders. 

The scheme has been very successful in reducing crime and disorder in the city, along with the introduction, in 2018, of the award-winning “City Protection Officers”.