Hereford has never been safer!

Record numbers of businesses sign up for free online security app ‘DISC’.

We are delighted at the high level of engagement from businesses and supporting partners in making the system work. Ultimately it is about eyes and ears looking out for criminal behaviour – it is truly a team effort that is rewarding businesses by helping them to be aware and prepared.

Recently reported offences of anti-social behaviour and fake currency are typical examples of what DISC is used for and has enabled retailers to be much more vigilant in real time.

Since 1st January, the number of users has grown by a huge 31%, meaning that more premises are proactively helping to identify individuals involved with crime.  Currently, we are seeing the persistent use of fake currency which includes English, Scottish and Northern Irish £20 and £50 notes.  Hereford BID along with the Police and Retail Radio have issued advice on how to detect a fake note and how best to deal with the situation, should one be produced on their premises.  These notes are being used to pay for low value items to gain genuine currency as change or being used to pay for large value items, which then gets sold on. Having this kind of intelligence protects businesses profitability which can make a huge difference to stores.

If you would like to become part of this completely free DISC scheme, please e-mail Hannah McCourt, Security Administrator, on hannah.mccourt@herefordbid.co.uk.