Support for Highland businesses to help combat crime
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A new initiative aimed at improving engagement between Scottish businesses, police and other partners has been launched.
Led by Police Scotland’s Business Crime Prevention Unit and supported by the Serious Organised Crime Task Force (SOCT), the operation will see officers visiting businesses for a series of engagement days.
This will provide an opportunity to discuss emerging crime trends and identify areas of concern for companies, particularly those within the retail sector. Police Scotland and other relevant agencies can then provide a range of crime prevention advice and other useful information aimed at reducing criminality around these premises.
Sergeant Keith Jack said: “Our specialist team travels to diverse locations across Scotland, from major cities to small rural towns, to engage with a wide range of businesses.
“We know that businesses often serve as community hubs where residents come together, and the unit encourages a ‘whole community’ approach to crime prevention. By sharing the information gathered during these engagements, they aim to create a more secure environment for all.
“The team also pays close attention to the specific challenges faced by the retail sector, which includes issues like shoplifting and staff abuse.
“In response to these concerns, the unit has established a retail forum, which meets on a monthly basis. The primary objectives of this forum are to facilitate the exchange of best practices, address industry-specific issues, and provide mutual support. The team has worked with 1014 businesses and engaged with over 2500 individuals. The Business Engagement Days have provided vital support to businesses big and small, and the feedback we have received from these face-to-face visits has been overwhelmingly positive.”
Amanda Hatton, SOCT deter strand lead, said: "We need the collective efforts of individuals, businesses and organisations to build a united front against crime. By sharing information and working together, we can enhance our resilience and create a safer environment for everyone.
“We are urging businesses to review their security measures, enhance cyber security protocols and provide training to employees to recognise and report potential threats.
“The aim of the taskforce is to reduce and dismantle the threat posed by organised crime groups so we can break the cycle of harm these groups inflict on people, businesses and our communities.”