The National Association of Business Crime Partnerships has awarded Chester with the ‘Safer Business Award’, plus a coveted ‘Distinction’.

Chester is safer than ever for residents and visitors, thanks to the efforts of Chester Against Business Crime (CABC). With more than 250 members, CABC is a self-funding pro-active partnership of the City’s Businesses, Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cheshire Constabulary.

The detailed examination by The National Association of Business Crime Partnerships included how CABC works with its partners, measuring effectiveness in helping the police, and checking data protection compliance, file management and operating procedures.

The examiner, Mr Steve Booth, said that CABC was: “One of the best Business Crime Reduction Partnerships in the UK”.

Said Cabinet Member, Councillor Nicole Meardon: “Congratulations to this highly effective partnership. Chester is a very safe place to live and visit and we have a team judged as one of the best in the country ensuring it stays that way”.

Councillor Nicole Meardon
Councillor Nicole Meardon

CABC provides a range of services for the Business Community in Chester:

  • A 24 hour digital radio network where businesses are in direct contact with the Council CCTV control and Beat Police who all carry City Link Radio
  • An exclusion for persistent offenders
  • Members access to a secure intranet
  • Police and private sector photographs of active offenders
  • Weekly intelligence meetings and photo updates
  • Sharing of intelligence with nearby towns and cities
  • Training and advice.

CABC was also commended on its innovation by being the first adopter and BETA tester in the North West for the ‘DISC’ system (DataBase and Intranet for Safer Communities). This is a secure Intranet that shops can log onto and view ‘Mugshots’ of offenders likely to enter their stores and commit theft. A major benefit of the DISC system is the APP (Available from Apple and Google Play stores), that enables managers to receive details directly on to their smartphone of offenders, locally and those that travel from nearby.