A PILOT crime-busting scheme is improving safety and security on Winsford Industrial Estate.
More than 75 companies on the estate have joined the Business Watch Scheme, which was launched earlier this year by the Business After Hours Club and the Vale Royal Community Safety Partnership.
The initiative encourages businesses to report crime, suspicious activity, road safety issues, vandalism and the movements of the travelling community. Incidents are recorded and reported to other businesses on the estate as well as to police and the council.
Val Lee, who manages the scheme for Business After Hours - a networking organisation for businesses across Cheshire - said: 'When a crime is committed it is easy to shrug it off and assume it won't happen to you or that little can be done anyway.
'In fact, a great deal can be done to prevent crime. The police cannot be expected to do it all, and each of us has a role to play by becoming actively involved in crime prevention.
'Business Watch is an interactive scheme which helps companies to fight crime and ensure a safe working environment.'
Already it has reported travellers' activity at the Meridian House office complex, five incidents of diesel being drained from vehicles on Road Three in the space of 14 days, illegal parking of lorries on Road One, and a suspicious vehicle on Road Four.
Former police superintendent Mike Worthington, who is chairman of the Business After Hours Club, said: 'The 12-month pilot project on Winsford Industrial Estate is going very well and it may prove to be of considerable value to the wider business community.'