May 29, 2011
business crime reduction group formed in Burnham-On-Sea
new group has been formed to help reduce crime across West Somerset,
Taunton Retailers Against Crime has merged with the Bridgwater
and Burnham Security Group to form a new business crime reduction
partnership called Somerset West Businesses Against Crime (SWBAC).
The not-for-profit organisation will work in partnership with
Avon and Somerset Police and CCTV operators to look after businesses
from the retail and leisure industries including shops, pubs,
bars and restaurants.
The scheme works by linking businesses to both the police and
other retailers and venues through SWBAC radios.
information, including names and photographs, will be shared across
the towns in order to prevent and detect crime. Persistent offenders
could even be excluded from all participating businesses in the
Although initially looking after members in Berrow, Brean, Bridgwater,
Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge and Taunton, any business within the
operating area can apply for membership of SWBAC.
Andy Sharman, SWBAC Co-ordinator, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Our
members will be equipped with all the latest information they
need to stop crime affecting their businesses. These crimes are
massively detrimental not just to our members but also our local
communities. By using the latest technology and through the strong
collaboration between member businesses and our key partners,
we anticipate our members, and therefore our communities, will
become more resilient to the threats they currently face."
Chief Inspector Richard Kelvey from Avon and Somerset Police (pictured
right) added: "We are pleased to be working with SWBAC. It
will be another method to aid police, local communities and partner
agencies in working together, sharing intelligence, tackling crime
and bringing offenders to justice."
And Barry Donbavand, CCTV Manager for Sedgemoor, said: "There
is one central CCTV control room based at Sedgemoor District Council
in Bridgwater which monitors most of the CCTV schemes in the Somerset
West district area. CCTV continues to be a very effective tool
in the fight against crime."
"By merging these partnerships into one will help us to
effectively deliver consistent advice to members and by working
with SWBAC and the police, we will reduce crime."