At last week`s Chepstow Chamber of Commerce Meeting Laura Keating and Inspector Mark Pope, representatives from Gwent Police, introduced themselves and informed members of the new Business Crime Action Group Scheme that, after a successful launch in Abergavenny, was to be introduced in Chepstow shortly. The aim was:
· to implement measures to provide a consistent approach to reducing and addressing business crime.
· Take an active approach to apprehending person engaged in committing business crime.
· To reduce the financial losses which result from business crime.
· Develop and strengthen the partnership between local police and the business community.
· Encourage businesses to work together to share and improve the intelligence on offenders
· Provide reassurance and crime prevention advice.
Each participating business would have two phone buddies, the idea being to inform your buddies when a known or suspicious person is in the vicinity and may cause threat to a premises. Members of the scheme would also be able have the ability to view pictures of known offenders, for intelligence and recognition purposes.
It was agreed that the Chamber would encourage both members and other businesses to join the scheme.