A major component in the Hammersmith Business Improvement District – Crime Reduction Partnership (BID-CRP) is our town centre pubwatch scheme. Formed in 2007, the group consisting of 24 licensed premises meet on a quarterly basis throughout the year to discuss ongoing crime and safety concerns and how to ensure the local night economy prospers in a secure and vibrant environment. Key partners that also attend and provide continuous support are the Metropolitan Police and local authority (LBHF).
All of our banning orders and regular crime & business-related updates are available to our members through the digital software ‘DISC Littoralis’. DISC is the most secure and data protection compliant platform on which to share restricted information. It’s funded and managed by the BID and can be easily accessed on the web or via smartphone app.
The BID has recently been providing the pubs with chelsea clips to secure customers’ bags under their tables, UV lights to identify fake notes, additional radios and search wands for door staff to improve the overall security culture within the town centre and deter would-be offenders.
Due to the good channels of communication within the pubwatch network (radios, contacts, website/app), the pubs are able to highlight issues at an early stage by immediately sharing the information across the town centre and receiving support to effectively address the problems faced. The BID funded CCTV operator plays an instrumental role in this process through the use of the pubs townlink radio system and his extensive LBHF CCTV coverage to coordinate the policing resources required on the ground. His direct involvement has led to numerous arrests this year as well as securing vital evidence and images of those involved in anti-social behaviour and criminality.
Find out how HammersmithLondon BID’s security projects and risk management programme is making Hammersmith a safer environment in which to work, visit and invest in at: Safer Cities 2018 – Security Risk Analysis