Friday, September 11, 2009
Members of RedBAC launch the scheme
CRIME-busting radios equipping traders with the tools to stop troublemakers in their tracks have been rolled out.
The radios let shopkeepers communicate with fellow traders, on-duty police officers and the CCTV control centre in Ley Street, Ilford, at just the press of a button.
The introduction of the handsets last week in High Street, Barkingside, is an extension of the Redbridge Business Against Crime (RedBAC) scheme, which has been a roaring success in Ilford Town Centre.
RedBAC partnership coordinator Reg Woda said: "It's the piece of glue that brings them (the traders) all together for a common problem: to protect customers and staff."
Twelve High Street shopkeepers have already signed up to the scheme, which has been part-funded by area committee three.
The scheme also allows traders to share pictures, statistics and other reports allowing them to spot known criminals and work out times when their shops are most vulnerable.
Sgt Chris Chandler, of Fairlop Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "By joining RedBAC and the Town Link radio scheme, these businesses are making a significant contribution to making Barkingside an even safer place to shop.