Met joins the BID for action on retail crime
Senior officers from the Met’s Business Crime Unit joined members of Angel Islington Business Improvement District (BID) this week for a tour of the town centre.
The visit on Monday took in UNIQLO, Space NK and After Noah, where the officers heard about retailers’ efforts to tackle shoplifting. The BID stressed the need to challenge the notion that retail crime was ‘victimless’, hearing from the subject of an alleged assault on a shop floor.
Ben Stephenson, the BID’s Chief Executive, called for four immediate actions – a retail crime specialist officer for every town centre in the capital, formal links between retail and youth crime teams, the ability for officers to work across ward boundaries, and clearer feedback for retailers on what action was being taken.
Matt Crawford, chair of both the BID and Angel Business Crime Reduction Partnership, commended the efforts of the police in tacking business crime. He also sought an increase in resource as retail crime continues to grow, with the aim of creating a ‘hostile environment’ for those travelling to the Angel intent on committing crime.
The tour followed a meeting earlier this month between the BID and Metropolitan Police Commander Sir Mark Rowley, where business crime and the BID’s four proposals were discussed.
If you are a business in the Angel BID area and would like advice or support in tackling retail crime, contact the BID’s Jan Hart at Jan@angel.london.
Image shows left to right: Superintendent Lisa Maslen, head of the Met’s Business Crime Unit, Gerry Morgan, Business Crime Manager, Angel Islington BID, Jan Hart, Programme Manager, Angel Islington BID, Superintendent Jack May Robinson, Chief Inspector Hamir Godhania, and BID Chief Executive Ben Stephenson.