Solihull’s safety first stance has been reinforced with brand new radios for Solihull Police thanks to funding applied for by Solihull BID.
The Business Improvement District for Solihull town centre work alongside the Police on the Retail Radio scheme to help shoppers and premises remain safe.
Businesses across the town centre are linked in with the Police, the BID Street Wardens, Solihull Council’s enforcement officers, the Touchwood and Mell Square security staff and CCTV operators via the retail radio system.
Aware of the need for up to date and reliable equipment, the BID successfully applied for backing from the Active Citizens Fund launched by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.
The funds were used to purchase state-of-the-art radios for Solihull neighbourhood policing teams including those who cover the town centre.
Angus Mcpherson of Solihull Police said: “Retail radio has been successful for a number of years in many different parts of the West Midlands thanks to the determination of everyone involved to make town centres and High Streets a safer place.
“Solihull Police in partnership with Solihull BID have a new retail radio system that will allow us to work more closely in a joint approach to continue making Solihull town centre a safe place for visitors and shoppers”
Keeping the town centre safe and secure is one of the BID’s focuses and this has led to an even stronger relationship between the BID, Solihull Police and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s enforcement officers.
The BID’s Street Wardens, a visible presence in the town centre, provide support to businesses and the public with a clear message of zero tolerance in regard to crime and antisocial behaviour. New funding streams will also be explored to further support the local community.
Melanie Palmer, Chief Executive of Solihull BID, added: “We are extremely proud of our strong working partnership with our local Police and Council enforcement team.
“Our combined message of zero tolerance to crime and anti-social behaviour makes us the clear choice of where to shop, work and invest.”