With a focus on low level crime reduction in the retail and licensed trade sector, Facewatch’s new free online crime reporting and CCTV image sharing portal is set to become the standard system used to directly report crime to the Police over the Internet.
With the added benefit of providing free communications and image sharing for shopwatch, pubwatch and other business crime reduction partnerships run by BIDs and city centre organisations, Facewatch is progressively rolling out across the UK.
The pilots in Westminster throughout 2011 showed increased detection rates of 73% and a two-week reduction in the time taken to identify offenders.
The company is providing the system free of charge through a not for profit company called Facewatch & Partners which is being funded by sponsorship from businesses. The company is chaired by Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas and any help from CSARN members in any form would be greatly appreciated to make this exciting project happen.
Chief Executive Officer of City Security and Resilience Networks (CSARN), Richard Bingley, said:
“Facewatch is proven to massively increase detection rates and speed up business crime investigations. For these reasons we are delighted to welcome Facewatch as a member of CSARN, the UK’s largest business security membership group. We strongly urge business communities to invest time to sign up to, and possibly sponsor, the Facewatch charity, so that all hard-working enterprises can begin to benefit from an environment free from the blight of crime, whilst also achieving these clear results by deploying technology in an ethical way.”
Simon Gordon, Chairman of Facewatch added:
“Our goal is to reduce low level crime and the causes of such crime, I am fortunate to be one of the family owners of Gordon’s Wine bar, on the Embankment in London, which has given me a ‘grass roots’ view of the problem of petty theft. The creation of Facewatch was a direct result of seeing the personal anguish, business losses, and the problems the Police encountered in catching and convicting people who end up, for a whole range of reasons, stealing to survive. Creating tools for the police and retail businesses seemed like the most important first step which would help quantify the problem and allow the Police to focus on solving crime rather than admin. We are pleased to be able to work with CSARN as our goals are very closely aligned and I am hoping a range of business partners will support the roll out of Facewatch across the UK.”
Key to the success of Facewatch has been its development in close partnership with senior police officers who have been involved in the management and use of CCTV systems throughout the Capital.
Deputy Chief Inspector Mick Neville, Head of the Visual Image Identification and Inspection Office of the Metropolitan police, said:
“This application will help the police to catch more criminals and by showing that CCTV is working it will help to stop crime as well. The Facewatch image sharing system and online reporting service has already saved much police time and helped my officers to catch persistent criminals and prolific thieves - this new anonymous service extends the support that the company is giving to the police. I encourage everyone to view these images and name those shown. This will help to make London safer. ”
Sir Hugh Orde, President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, added:
"I am pleased to support Facewatch for its practical use of technology in the fight to combat crime. The system is a catalyst for businesses and Police to join together; a great example of citizens and Communities getting involved alongside the Police."
As well as providing a very important range of free tools to businesses and the Police Facewatch is also a powerful data analysis and reporting tool which creates invaluable information which will enable a range of public and private organisations such as CSARN to advise on the best practise to reduce low level crime and improve the safety and security of our communities both urban, suburban and rural.
Personal theft, shoplifting and other low level crimes such as vandalism are expensive problems for business owners and the public. Facewatch is a proven internet based system which by empowering business owners to work in partnership with the Police allows crimes to be reported quicker, with the correct evidential information and witness statements, enabling the Police to start investigations immediately and enabling the business owner to proactively help the victim.
- Window stickers act as a powerful deterrent to would-be offenders
- Strong emphasis on preventing and detecting prolific offenders
- Online crime reporting using any device with an internet browser
- No special equipment required – a computer with broadband access is all you need
- Works with any existing CCTV system or even without CCTV for reporting only
- Perfect for shops, licensed premises, hotels and all CCTV monitored premises
- Image sharing in groups such as Pubwatches, Shopwatches, BIDs, shopping centres, high streets, retail chains and larger retail groups
- Direct link to local Police forces and appropriate officers – Police update the crime status throughout the investigation and can use the system for secure messaging between the business and case officers which remains on the case file
- Creation of posters showing images of banned or suspect persons for use by staff
- Full statistical analysis with key performance indicators showing Police status and success rates in solving the crimes
- Fully supported by the Police and the only system to be accredited by ACPO ‘Secured by Design’.
- Creation of full evidential pack including automatic witness statements and crime reference online by the business user
- Free cancellation of victims credit and debit cards by CPP’s Card Protection
- Victim and business updated by Police on progress of crime investigation by email
- Training and communications pack for business users
- Improvement in customer care
"We have to pull together to beat criminals and FACEWATCH is a brilliant way to form business and the Police into a crime fighting team. I not only support FACEWATCH but urge businesses to get involved and install the system".
Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor, Policing and London Assembly Member
"Facewatch is a great tool that helps us streamline our process, focus on the people committing the crime, and get to work quickly. If it was rolled out across the country we would see thefts markedly reduced and more of those people who cause this type of misery end up in prison."
Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens, Met Police
"Anything that saves Police time and can also improve the victim’s experience has to be applauded. Victims want to know what’s happening once they report a crime – so to be able to report a theft quickly and easily, and then track it online, is a real step forward."
Louise Casey, in her role as Commissioner for Victims
“I was most impressed by the Facewatch initiative and its effectiveness in tackling crime. I would urge businesses to sign up to Facewatch and believe that the scheme can significantly lower levels of crime in residential areas”
Councillor Frixos Tombolis, Deputy Cabinet Member for Housing and Property
“Victims of crime will.... benefit as they will be able to pass details of their crime to the Police without having to wait for an officer to attend, yet can be safe in the knowledge that all the information has been relayed to the Police securely and speedily.”
Graeme Gerrard, DCC Cheshire Constabulary
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Jo Wilding – Media manager
City Security and Resilience Networks (CSARN) is a not-for-profit business membership group dedicated to promoting staff safety and organisational resilience. CSARN was recently awarded ‘Business Continuity Initiative of the Year’ by its industry peers.
Through utilising the expertise and experience of its member partners - such as Facewatch - CSARN runs expert security briefings, training and mutual aid networking on behalf of business, community sector and public sector employers.
CSARN’s ‘resilience’ briefings have been held for business leaders across many towns and cities recently including: Abu Dhabi, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Chicago, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Mumbai, Newcastle, New Delhi, New York and many other global business hubs. This year (2012) the group has launched a briefings programme across Ireland.
Upcoming briefings and training for business and public sector employers are due in London (CSARN Parliament: Olympics security and continuity- March 2012) and Northern Ireland (Business Resilience Briefing - BELFAST– 18 April, 2012).
To find out more about these network events and our FULL 2012 ‘Olympics year’ list, and becoming accepted as a CSARN member, please visit: www.csarn.org or email: email@example.com