Southend Retail Against Crime meeting
Many thanks to those attended the Retail Against Crime meeting on 24 September 2019.
· A presentation on Employer Supported Policing – a partnership benefiting employers, their staff and the police service. The full presentation and contact details are available in the news section of DISC
· The Southend Town Centre Team (TCT) – one additional Officer is due to join the team shortly.
· New initiative ‘Project 360’ has launched – Offering positive opportunities for repeat offenders to minimise reoffending. Focusing on change rather than prosecution. Similar scheme in London called ‘Divert’ has shown significant results. The new initiative is lottery funded for one year.
· TCT high visibility patrols have been well received by the general public and they are receiving positive feedback
· Over the past month the Town Centre Team have;
o Issued 2 CPW (Community Protection Warnings)
o Issued 8 CPN (Community Protection Notices)
o Achieved 10 positive outcomes
o Conducted 207 Stop checks
o Conducted 19 Stop searches
o Conducted 5 Licencing Visits
· The Street Rangers assisted in the recovery of £13,988.40 of stolen goods – 60% in the last quarter
· Luke has now joined the Street Ranger Team
· Retail Crime increased by 33% from the previous quarter – this is due to a change in the weather and the summer break
· An audit of the DISC system is planned by Christmas – businesses will be contacted in due course to confirm members
· It was clarified that the recent media surrounding the knife sweeps do not include the Street Ranger team
Rough Sleepers/Street Drinking/Anti-Social Behaviour;
· The PSPO legislation for the CSP (Community Safety Partnership) is ongoing and sits with legal. An update will come in due course. Permanent signage has been ordered
· It was noted that two premises are continually having issues before 8am and after 6pm at with the street community being abusive to staff. TCT will look to deploy officers earlier to the area from 6am to support those businesses.
· Two attendees stated that work to address the homeless/rough sleeping and street drinking in the town centre has displaced the issue to the seafront areas. They are seeing a significant increase in the area which has also increased anti-social behaviour
· The first prosecution brought by the Community Safety Partnership using the CPN notices, which commenced 2 months ago, is currently going through the courts – update at the next meeting
· The CSP team are borough wide however they are committed to providing a presence on the high street and seafront
· A partnership activity day is looking to go ahead in November on the High Street
· The CSP produce a monthly info-graphic with statistical information which can be found on their twitter page - @Southend_CSP
· Soup kitchens have been allocated to the CAG (Community Action Group) meeting. They are looking at regulations for food hygiene and waste- update will follow
· The 7 Week free fireworks spectacular starts on Saturday 5th October and then every Saturday leading to the final display on the Christmas Lights Switch-On 16 November. Further details can be found on the Visit Southend website and Southend BID social media channels (@SouthendBID)
· The winter night shelters start on 2nd December until March 2020 – referrals though HARP
We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Next meeting: 26 November, 6pm – The Royal Hotel