Safe and Secure update for winter 2021/22

In partnership with Blackburn Businesses Against Crime, Lancashire Police, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and The Mall Blackburn, Blackburn BID has been working hard to deliver against the priority of ‘Making Blackburn town centre safer and more secure’.

Blackburn BID and BwD Council have jointly funded two town centre police officers for the town, and worked closely with the town centre policing team to set priorities and target hotspot areas. In August, PC Scott Leatherbarrow joined the team, replacing PC Paul Foster who moved to a different role. The town centre police officers have dealt with 645 incidents, made 83 arrests, and prepared 59 case files for court, in the year to end of October 2021.

Daily security patrols have been provided through Prestige Security throughout the year to support businesses, town centre policing and help to deal with retail crime, anti-social behaviour (ASB) and begging. Up to the end of November Blackburn BID have provided 1558 hours of security patrols to support BID area businesses. BwD Council has also provided security patrols to support the reopening of town centre businesses and provide confidence and reassurance to visitors that it is safe to return to the town centre.

Working with the town centre policing team and BBAC, Blackburn BID has also produced a Retail Crime Guide to support Blackburn town centre retailers and help promote partnership working with the police. All this, along with multi- agency problem solving and crime reduction initiatives, shows Blackburn BID and its partners are all focused on helping to make the town centre safer and more secure.

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