Steve Godwin, manager of Andover BID says:
Andover is generally a peaceful town and a SAFE place to shop and do business. We have become aware that a minority of people visiting the town use it as an opportunity to be badly behaved, to be anti-social and shop-lift from local businesses and this has got to stop. The introduction of the ALERT App will work alongside Pubwatch for the licensed trade with Shopwatch for retailers demonstrating to offenders that their behaviour in this town is unacceptable and will result in them being barred from premises.
Chairman of Andover Pubwatch says:
We are delighted to have been using the BID Alert App. This is a nice town where a few people unfortunately spoil it for the majority. Pubs and venues come together monthly through Pubwatch to ensure that they are united in their approach to offending on licensed premises. We have a total ban on people who repeatedly cause us problems and we meet monthly to establish who we don’t want in our venues.This initiatives is helping pubs so we are delighted to see it being extended to retailers in the town.
The Alert App is working alongside the police and the BID Ranger service who carry a radio which links them to pubs, and shops and businesses enabling them to quickly attend when issues are occurring in the town. A new Andover BID initiative is shortly to launch in the town, aimed at supporting retailers in helping to reduce crime. BID recently introduced Alert to the licensed trade, initially operating with pubs and the licensed trade. This is now to be extended to retailers in the town to through the establishment of Shopwatch an information sharing scheme using a daytime version of the Pubwatch scheme.
This will be launched early next month in time for the build up to Christmas. The benefits of the App are to monitor shoplifters, ensuring that every store in the area is aware of which criminals are on the prowl, what they look like and where they are. It will work closely with BID rangers, security staff/and or police to know exactly what is happening and ensure criminals are tackled effectively with stolen goods still in their possession and with
less risk of them running away or assaulting store staff. Linking with the BID RADIO Scheme. It is aimed at Andover become a place where crime doesn’t pay and where it becomes difficult for Shoplifting professionals to move around the town undetected. BID want to enforce a clear message that Andover is a SAFE,EASY & ENJOYABLE place to visit and shoplifting and other unacceptable behaviour is not welcomed in the town.