Victoria is now one of the safest areas in the City of Westminster. Reported crime rates in Victoria have followed a downward trend including statistically high types of crime in the area. The work of the Victoria BID Safe and Secure team has contributed to this.
An emergency notification app for the area, powered by YUDU Sentinel, was launched in January 2019
The Victoria BID has installed a 24/7 digital radio system allowing more than 185 radio users to share timely intelligence and connect with local police services fast. Victoria Radio Link brings together businesses, police and CCTV to create a security network allowing business members to share information over a secure radio channel.
A BID ‘first’, Facewatch enables businesses, public and police to tackle low-level crime by sharing images aimed at crime prevention and capturing digital evidence.
Victoria BID has set a ‘first’ in rolling out the use of 28 body-worn cameras worn by police. The devices are credit card-sized and fit neatly onto outer clothing. This benefits proof of evidence collection and protects officers.
Eighty businesses in Westminster South share information at the BID’s quarterly forum to reduce crime and building a working partnership between alcohol licence holders and enforcement agencies.
Multi-agency initiatives bring together enforcement agencies to reduce crime and improve community confidence. Operations range from high-profile enforcement events to covert serious organised crime initiatives which leave no stone unturned in Victoria. Victoria BID funds professional specialist equipment and technology.
We support local policing services offering bespoke business crime prevention and safety workshops to combat seasonal crime.
The Community Intervention Team (CIT) is a dedicated daytime street engagement team, funded by the BID and run through The Passage, consisting of three experienced outreach workers that cover the BID footprint. The team look for, and support, individuals rough sleeping in the area in order for them to move away from being involved in detrimental street activity and find a route off the street, in close collaboration with local homelessness services. Those who are bedded down in the area are invited into the Passage Resource Centre to be assessed and to get their basic needs met.
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