The Intelligence and Incident reporting section of this website has been designed and built to provide Businesses with a positive weapon against Business Crime, Anti Social Behaviour and other criminal activity.
An explanation of the purpose of the system by businessman and Neighbourhood Watch representative: Mike Douglas
|My name is Mike Douglas, I run a business an I am also a member of Neighbourhood Watch and a comittee member of the Neighbourhood Watch Forum. I have been a victim of both business crime in the form of criminal damage, ram raids and robbery as well as Anti Social Behaviour and other types of annoying incidents. I am a strong advocate of reporting information to the Police as I have genuinely found it can make a real difference to an area and supports the Police in their activity.
The allocation of resources such as Neighbourhood Wardens, Beat Managers and Response personnel is based to some degree on the numbers of incidents reported for an area in the past. If businesses do not report crime or suspicious activity statistics from various Police systems may not give a true picture and your area could loose out when resorces (police) are allocated.
More importantly, no one knows your immediate area better than you, and now you have a facility with which you can be heard. In the past, observations and pieces of intelligence from businesses, members of the public and concerned citizens have been missed. As members of your local business community, you know more than anyone else if trouble is brewing or something is wrong: gangs gathering and spoiling for trouble, con-men in the area, dodgy characters looking in car windows, people selling drugs etc. Over the years, we have all learnt that unless an incident is taking place at that moment, other issues have to take priority.
The truth however is that the police intelligence department do want this information, they value it and have been fantastically supportive of the development of a system to collect this information confidentially. All reports made are stored safely and the local Safer Neighbourhood teams, Police intel units and the Safer Business Initiative unit are notified that information has been reported. When the authorised personel log in and respond to your report you are notified by email.
Why log incidents here?
- Gather intelligence
The information you collect and report here may seem at first insignificant but it could be vital. The sighting of a hooded character climbing over a wall, a gang of kids carrying sticks, a car kerb-crawling or an aggressive door to door salesman may just be the missing jigsaw piece or corroborative information that the police are looking for. Police intelligence teams have committed to review every intelligence report put on this system and take appropriate action.
- Independent stats
By recording the incident here, you are ensuring that the police and other parties are given accurate incident figures for the area. On a regular basis the statistics from this system are compiled into a report for the police.
- Time saving
The police are very busy. This becomes very clear when you report an incident and the operator, quite rightly, evaluates your call and places it in a hierarchy, with the life threatening incidents and crimes in progress coming first. This system is designed to ensure that, however insignificant the information you are reporting, however long ago it took place and even if it is just a suspicious sighting not an actual incident, the facts can be recorded and made available to the right people.
- Live Police resource
The local Beat Officers have access to the system and can research events in your area. This will enable them to quickly and efficiently tie actual offences to reported incidents around the same time and place. Perhaps you have recorded a suspicious character selling goods from a van or a group of youths loitering in the area carrying stones and this information coincides with a local burglary or a string of smashed windows around the corner: The Beat Officer will tie this information together and your contribution will have been invaluable and previously unavailable.
Report all incidents
We know that on some occasions when Anti Social Behaviour occurs, it is not always possible to take the time to report an incident. It may be inconvenient or (because of worries about intimidation) impossible to report an incident by telephone. If you have internet access, this system is available twenty four hours a day for you to take the time to record as much information as you can remember regarding an incident. No pressure, simply record as much detail regarding the people involved, clothes, circumstances etc. You can also go back at any time and add to your observations if you remember something later.
What happens next?
Once you have recorded an incident the Police can access this information immediately and at any time afterwards, as soon as you save your report, your local Beat Manager, Safer neighbourhood team, Business Watch team and the Police Intelligence unit will all be notified that an information report has been made. The incident will be presented to any officers when performing a search for crimes, incidents or any suspicious activity in your area. When you are logged into the system you are able to review any incident you have recorded and be able to see if the information has been accessed or used by the police. You will also soon see various graphs and charts regarding incidents reported by anyone on your road/street. You can also choose to make the information available to members of Neighbourhood Watch schemes in your area so they can contribute to the compilation of information. As soon as anyone updates your report you will be notified by email and will be able to log in and review the response and reply.
How do I register?
Simply click here and complete the information requested. Your information is completely confidential and will not at any point be used for marketing purposes other than to send you unmarked communications regarding Business Watch and Police activities.
Once you have completed your information, an email will be sent to your email address. Please click on the link within this email to activate your account. You then have full access to the system and can report incidents.
Thank you for reviewing this information, I hope that you feel that you are able to join the system; Business Watch only works if people take the time to contribute, your support, no matter how small, is much appreciated.