Businesses celebrate sharp fall in crime on Brackmills Industrial Estate

Acs Office Solutions is joining other businesses on Brackmills Industrial Estate to celebrate a sharp fall in crime on the Northampton estate.

Statistics published by Northamptonshire Police have revealed a dramatic reduction in crime on the estate in the last six months, with reported crimes down by nearly a half. Between June and December 2009 reported crimes had decreased by 46%, compared to the same period in the previous year.

This reduction in crime is largely due to the installation of CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras in April 2009, which were funded by WNDC and are controlled by a dedicated 24/7 control room. Another key factor in the crime reduction has been the estate’s new status as a Business Improvement District (BID).

In April 2009 estate businesses voted a resounding ‘Yes’ to becoming Northampton’s very first BID – an international initiative which involves companies paying a small levy and then pooling the collective funds to make improvements to the estate. It is BID funds which will now pay for the maintenance and monitoring of the CCTV and ANPR cameras.

John Harley, Director at Brackmills-based Acs Office Solutions and Deputy Chair of the Brackmills Executive Board, said: “This reduction in crime is excellent news. By voting to become a Business Improvement District a group of positive minded businesses now have an opportunity to come together and really communicate with each other.

 “Our working groups, which include Loss Prevention and Health & Safety, mean that we are all learning from one another and sharing knowledge. We also have an improved alert system around the estate if we see any suspicious vehicles or behaviour – Brackmills really is a superb place to work.

“Acs Office Solutions have been on this estate for 10 years and we now know, at all levels within our business, many more people than we ever have before. Our staff have commented on how much better the estate is looking and the reseeded verges and yellow lines mean there are no longer all the cars and lorries blocking and churning up our grass verges. It is a safer estate to drive and walk around and our company’s running group has now moved its daily jogging route back on to the estate, something they would never have done before.”

Laura Major, Northamptonshire Police Crime Prevention Manager, said: "It is really encouraging and pleasing to see such a reduction in crime across the estate. It is a credit to all those involved in the development of the BID and shows what real achievements can be made through determination and partnership working. Northamptonshire Police look forward to continuing working alongside the BID to further drive down crime."

Log on to the new Brackmills Industrial Estate website - www.brackmillsindustrialestate.co.uk – to find out more about the estate’s BID, forthcoming events and its latest initiatives.

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