For Cardiff puts safety first ahead of the six nations

For Cardiff puts safety first ahead of the six nations

Cardiff Against Business Crime (CABC) aims to ensure the safety and security of businesses and visitors to the city as well as reduce anti-social behaviour.

The group has appointed former South Wales Police inspector Ian Tumelty to lead the programme as business crime reduction manager.

Ian spent 30 years with the South Wales Police, during which he played a leading role within Targeting Alcohol Related Street Crime (TASC) and ‘Lions Breath’ multi-agency projects in Cardiff to reduce violence and alcohol misuse.

He has since worked as an independent advisor to the Home Office’s ‘Ending Gangs and Serious Youth Violence’ programme and as a member of its Peer Review Team.

He was also appointed as a project delivery specialist LOCOG to manage the City operations and partnership negotiations for the successful delivery of the football events in Cardiff as part of the London 2012 Olympics.

Ian has two years’ experience as Business Crime Reduction Manager and is the current Chair of the Wales Against Business Crime Group and Wales representative on the National Association of Business Crime Partnerships.

Executive director of FOR Cardiff, Adrian Field, said: “Crimes against businesses and their staff makes up 25% of all crime. We want to try and reduce this and have set up Cardiff Against Business Crime to make our city’s businesses, big or small, feel safe and secure.

“Working in partnership with so many organisations and forming a more cohesive way of preventing crime, is something that will hopefully take us one step closer to our long-term goal; making Cardiff more welcoming, vibrant and influential.”

The new programme involves the partnership working with organisations across Cardiff including South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff Council, South Wales and British Transport Police, Cardiff Third Sector Council and The Police and Crime Commissioners Office.

The launch of CABC coincides with the arrival of FOR Cardiff’s new radio network, CityNet which will link businesses with CCTV, police, street ambassadors and each other, to ensure issues are dealt with quickly and to keep Cardiff a safe place for all.

Chair of Cardiff Against Business Crime, Chris Parsons, added: “In a fast-moving business economy, it is imperative that we have an effective Business Crime Reduction Partnership in Cardiff.

“Having the programme hosted within Cardiff’s Business Improvement District, but as a separate entity to FOR Cardiff creates a unique opportunity to work together in partnership to combat business crime.

“I am absolutely delighted to be embarking on this project as the chair of CABC.”

FOR Cardiff, formerly known as Cardiff BID, is a Business Improvement District (BID) for the city of Cardiff.

A BID is an arrangement whereby businesses get together, decide which improvements they want to make in their city centre, how they will manage these and what they will spend on them.

BIDs are usually run by not for profit companies and are controlled by the businesses that fund them. They are run as a private sector organisation with a business mindset.

Following extensive consultation, a BID can be formed following a ballot in which businesses vote on a BID Proposal or business plan for the area.

Since the legislation was introduced in the UK in 2004, over 295 BIDs have been formed in locations including Birmingham, Sheffield, Liverpool, Edinburgh and closer to home in Swansea, Newport and Merthyr Tydfil.

Published: 02 February 2018

Article by Chris Middleton
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