Crime against a business can take many forms: from shoplifting or non-paying diners to staff theft and burglary from premises.

Poole Business improvement District (BID) are working closely with Jack Ferns (left on the image) UK Partners Against Crime (UKPAC) as the next stage of their business crime prevention initiative after two-way radios were introduced last June.  The new platform called SentrySIS is an online information-sharing system which will contribute to the reduction of low-level crime and anti-social behaviour.  The idea being that the you (Poole Town businesses) will report crime via the SentrySIS app on your android based two-way radios or a business mobile. Additionally, a Business Crime Liaison Officer (BCLO) will patrol the town with training, advice and support with reporting of the incidents too.

Our BCLO, Chris (right on the image) starts his operations today in the Dolphin Centre by visiting businesses to complete necessary documentation.  Once in place, he will follow up with the training on SentrySIS and then continue with completion of documentation and training across the rest of the Poole BID levy paying businesses, starting with those licenced premises who are members of Pubwatch.

Once incidents are uploaded to the platform, UKPAC will conduct a preliminary assessment under triage type arrangements and collate and analyse the data so that the intelligence can then be fed into Dorset Police, BCP Council and key stakeholders, resulting in a richness of business crime data.

Jacqui Rock, Poole BID lead said “This is the next step in an exciting project that has been in planning stages since I began my role.  It was clear to me from the start that working with the other BCP BIDs was paramount to the success of this project as business crime isn’t going away and it also isn’t restricted to our district and so I am happy to say that the project now encompasses a BCP BIDs branded Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) working in collaboration with UKPAC.

“To be able to be the conduit in making strides to combat crime is very important to Poole BID, especially when you consider the current volatile economy and the impact that this has on your bottom line and so reporting crime through the SentrySIS app is key so that we can begin building a picture of intelligence that we previously haven’t been able to do.”

“It’s great to see you already embracing the radio system.  To collaboratively work together to achieve the same goal by reporting the incidents too is therefore a necessary and vital addition for continued crime prevention.”

Should you wish to know more details, or you are a licenced premises yet to join up to Pubwatch, please contact us in order that you can be prioritised in the SentrySIS sign-on process.  Alternatively, the next Pubwatch meeting is Wednesday 24th January 10:30am upstairs at The Quay pub located on Poole Quay, where an overview of the system will be given.