What Is Retail Crimewatch?

Within Belfast One, Retail Crimewatch is an information and image sharing exclusion order scheme provided free to retailers between Belfast City Centre Management (BCCM) and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) funded by the BID.

This crime reduction initiative, which normally costs £250.00 to non-BID businesses, allows retailers to serve civil exclusion orders on those found committing retail crime on their premises. Each month members receive images of individuals who have had previous convictions for shoplifting within Belfast City Centre. These individuals are banned from entering the premises of members. The scheme currently has over 400 members.

What Are The Benefits?

The scheme aims to create a network of retailers whose purpose is to share information about retail crime and prolific shoplifters. By using the Retail Crimewatch scheme your business will receive monthly image updates. This  information can be used to enhance staff vigilance and awareness of known offenders and assist in reducing stock loss within your business. It will also assist in maintaining a safer environment for staff, customers and members of the public alike.

Retail Crimewatch was launched on the 1st January 2005. Since then, over 7,000 offenders have been caught and served with an exclusion order. 76% of the database are first time offenders.

What You Receive

The scheme will provide businesses with:

  • A folder containing images of convicted retail theft offenders divided into sub-sections;
  • Exclusion Orders;
  • Incident Forms;
  • Sighting Forms for PSNI intelligence;
  • Updates from PSNI on fraud;
  • Comprehensive training to all staff and managers;
  • Retail Crimewatch logo stickers for display on store windows to alert offenders that the business is a member of the scheme and they cannot enter the premises.

The Exclusion Order advises the offender that from the date the order is issued, they are no longer permitted to enter your premises nor any other business that is a member of the scheme for a period of 12 months.

Issuing an Exclusion Order will prevent the individual from entering your premises to commit retail crime, therefore reducing the risk of further stock loss. As a member of the Retail Crimewatch scheme you can issue an Exclusion Order to individuals who have been found committing theft, attempting to commit theft or going equipped for theft.

For more information

Contact Sarah Anne Attwood on 028 9024 2111 or e-mail sa.attwood@belfastcentre.com


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