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Retailers, particularly small stores, are often victims of anti-social behaviour. When a business suffers from anti-social behaviour, the community has to pay a price in increased costs of goods, higher insurance premiums and potential loss of investment by businesses in local areas.
Many commercial businesses are becoming involved in community initiatives to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime, particularly in areas of deprivation. Their views and information can be critical in shaping a campaign against anti-social behaviour. They will know the issues that affect them most. It may be tackling begging next to cash points, stopping street drinking or prostitution in a particular area, making a specific shopping parade safer by dealing with intimidating groups.
Some big national companies such as the Co-op and Marks and Spencer have actively become involved - the Co-op for example was a joint partner in the 'Taking A Stand Awards' and Marks and Spencer ensure that a percentage of its profits support community initiatives.
Smaller local businesses have also become involved. The Home Office currently has an on-going initiative to help small retailers in deprived areas make their premises more safe and secure, and tackle ASB that sometimes occurs outside their premises with young people hanging around.
Businesses can also help by taking a stand in their community, taking action against those who behave anti-socially on or outside their premises and not selling alcohol to underage young people.
Many Chambers of Commerce are becoming more aware of the need to work in partnership to reduce crime, disorder and ASB and are joining Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRP).
ARTICLE LAST UPDATED: 17/04/2008