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Bromley town centre businesses unite in fight against crime

PUBLISHED: 14:39 16 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:39 16 March 2017

Andy Bawn - Your Bromley chair, Martin McKessey - Your Bromley ambassador, Frances Forrest - Your Bromley BID manager, Darren Springer - owner Mr. Simms Bromley and Derren Parsons - acting chief inspector Metropolitan Police

Andy Bawn - Your Bromley chair, Martin McKessey - Your Bromley ambassador, Frances Forrest - Your Bromley BID manager, Darren Springer - owner Mr. Simms Bromley and Derren Parsons - acting chief inspector Metropolitan Police

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Shops are using to the internet to tackle criminals

Shoplifters and other criminals in Bromley are facing a new wave of technology to stop them in their tracks.

Businesses in the town centre have united to try and reduce the levels of crime around them.

A new, controlled access website enables businesses to share images and reports with police and one another, warning them of potential criminal activity.

The system, free to all town centre businesses, has now received national accreditation.

“We’re really pleased to have our BBAC system accredited so quickly after setting it up, it’s been a team effort,” said Your Bromley’s BID manager, Frances Forrest.

“Bromley Town Centre is rapidly becoming a ‘no-go’ area for shoplifters”

Chief insp Derren Parsons, added: “This accreditation comes from a lot of hard work and drive from Your Bromley BID and the improved information sharing from a genuine police, security and business collaboration.

“The business community is one of the largest “communities” in London with the economy being integral to prosperity. Through the use of coordinated working, the use of technology and awareness our aim is to enable businesses to target their resources more efficiently and reduce and prevent loss through design.

“This increases confidence within the business community and reduces the impact of crime as well as demands on our service.

“We have, and will continue to build on our business crime partnership to ensure Bromley is an attractive safe and welcoming environment for all”.

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