BID Wardens build on success

The work of our Business Wardens in Reading Central and Abbey Quarter continues to be well received by levy-paying businesses.

red stage with pars 2 900x600Dan and Andy's ongoing collaboration with Thames Valley Police’s PC Vince Moore and colleagues has proved priceless in their work with town businesses tackling anti-social behaviour, theft and shoplifting.
The BID has recently funded the purchase of a second DISC application for businesses to use during the day. It is an online reporting programme that will replace the paper-based system used by Town Safe Radio members to ban offenders from the town centre. It is expected to speed up the process of barring and be more user-friendly for retailers.
A recent meeting with the new drug and alcohol agency, CGL, (previously Iris) has already resulted in some good outcomes for service users. Linking CGL, the Wardens and the police has meant some of our most vulnerable residents can access support faster.
This month Dan and Andy have:

• Helped a rough sleeper engage with homeless charity Launchpad. 
• Enforced 75 Community Protection Notices.
• Identified and found 15 wanted persons.
• Delivered 30 shoplifting packs, which help retailers report retail crime.
• Provided 12 pieces of evidence which has been used in prosecutions.
• Continued to engage with rough sleepers to help them access services.
• Supported eight vulnerable people.
• … and returned a set of lost keys.
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