Safety and Security

Recent projects delivered or in progress

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DISC MOBILE & PC SECURITY APP | We upgraded our ‘Facewatch’ security app to a superior product called ‘DISC’ with a system supporting the day and night time economies. In the first year of its operation we signed up over 130 businesses. A part-time member of staff was recruited to support members with DISC as well as drive forward the intelligence shared and any news on relevant outcomes such as court action.

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TEAM HEREFORD | Hereford BID led Team Hereford in collaboration with partners and businesses including the Police, CCTV, City Council, Vennture, HAND, Herefordshire Council, BBLP and so on. Chairing the Operational Group and Gold Group, we have influenced Hereford’s security focus and improved communications between partners, highlighting key themes of member’s concerns such as begging, homelessness, street drinking, open drug taking, shop theft and ASB to name but a few.

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BUSINESS REPRESENTATION | Regular one-to-one meetings with the Police are held to discuss member issues and crime trends. One such example was criminal damage that had been caused to planters by the Kerry Pub. This resulted in a suspect being arrested and later charged.

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DAY TIME STREET AMBASSADORS | We originally applied together with Vennture and was granted Police Crime Commissioner funding to set up a pilot team of branded Volunteers who will sign post and assist visitors and shoppers with help in several areas such as directions, assistance for the elderly, sign posting available help, tourist information and liaison with businesses in such areas as crime reporting and use of the DISC Security System. The project is no longer a pilot and thrives as a service to Hereford with volunteering at it's heart.

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PURPLE FLAG ACCREDITATION | Hereford BID played a key role in supporting Vennture with their successful application for Purple Flag accreditation – a national scheme indicating a location has a high standard for a safe and enjoyable night out.

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HANDY PERSON EYES & EARS | Actively watching and reporting issues that they see on the streets.

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ANTI-SOCIAL INITIATIVES | In collaboration with the Police, Hereford BID part funded a powerful poster campaign with the aim of reducing anti-social behaviour in specific hot spots. Posters reminded ‘would be offenders’ that they were being watched. In one city restaurant anti-social behaviour incidents fell by 50% following the campaign.

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Highlights 130 businesses signed up to the powerful security app ‘DISC’ / Chaired 45 Team Hereford meetings in making Hereford safer / Purple Flag Status Achieved – Hereford BID major partner / Represented businesses direct to Police on 3 occasions / Helped reduce anti-social behaviour by 50% in a popular fast food venue