Recognition for anti-crime partnership

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The Harrogate District Businesses against Crime Partnership (HDBAC) has received national recognition for the work done to keep Harrogate a safe place.

The Safer Business Award is the nationally recognised standard for business crime partnerships.

Jeremy Ambrose Chair of HDBAC said he is delighted by the award.

He said: “Our local scheme is successful because of the interaction with the businesses. The Harrogate district is a safe place and there is a commitment to keep it that way.

“I am sure the partnership will go from strength to strength and look forward to welcoming new members to the scheme.”

Mr Ambrose is the general manager at Revolution bar and the crime partnerships worked with both retailers and night time establishments.

Julia Stack, Community Safety and CCTV Manager said this is one of the main reasons the partnership was so strong in Harrogate.

“There isn’t separation between night time businesses and day time business, which is common in other towns.

“Everyone works together no matter if their businesses are connected or not, and that’s important.

The accreditation assessment was undertaken by Michael Schuck, operation director from the association of business crime partnerships.

He said: “This is an excellent small partnership which has integrated itself into the local community safety strategy and provides a valued service to its members, the community, police and other agencies. It provides intelligence to those groups who would not normally be in a position to receive it, and this helps to manage crime and anti-social behaviour more effectively.”

Coun Margaret Atkinson, Harrogate Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Protection said: “Providing a consistent quality service to our business customers is our priority. This is done by linking the shops, pubs and clubs to the CCTV control room providing intelligence and tackling people who spoil our town through shoplifting, antisocial and drunken behaviour”