Sutton Coldfield Town Centre BID reports record low crime over Christmas

Sutton Coldfield Town Centre BID has reported record low crime figures for the Royal town over the festive period, thanks in part to a series of successful security initiatives.

Mike Bushell and Deano Walker

Mike Bushell, Sutton Coldfield Town Centre BID manager and Deano Walker, licensing and planning officer at West Midlands Police.

The town’s out of hours CCTV scheme ‘Operation Safer Nights’ has continued to build on its success in November and December with crime reported to be significantly down in the latter months of the year.

The scheme, funded by Sutton Coldfield Town Centre BID, gives police access to CCTV facilities during weekends, evenings and overnight, allowing officers to pre-empt anti-social behaviour and intercept vulnerable individuals before an incident escalates or they come into any harm.

The CCTV scheme is an extension to the existing and successful Pub Watch initiative which has been in place in the town centre for many years.

In addition, the town continues to work towards its Purple Flag status, an accolade which will rubber stamp the town’s commitment to its night time offering, confirming it as a safe, clean and exciting place to be when the sun goes down.

Mike Bushell, Sutton Coldfield Town Centre BID manager comments:

“We’re delighted to report on a safe Christmas for the Royal town following a year of important and practical investments from the BID.

“2016 is set to be a big year for the BID and the town centre as we continue to work towards securing Purple Flag status.

“The BID is working extremely hard for Sutton Coldfield and Operation Safer Nights is just one of the initiatives we facilitated in 2015 that will help create a high quality, diverse and welcoming town centre that is a great place to live, work, play and shop.”