Business in Stafford Park will join forces to create a safe business trading environment.
Operation Citadel – designed to keep businesses open and productive.
Anti crime scheme launched at Chamber HQ…
Pictured are from left, Mick Ebsworth, Inspector Keith Gee, MP David Wright, SmartWater’s Maisy Owen, RMP Guarding’s Trevor Bate, Chamber vice president Nick Chavasse and Councillor Hilda Rhodes.
We must tackle crime together – that was the message from Telford MP David Wright at the launch of a new crime initiative launched at the Chamber’s offices at Trevithick House, on Stafford Park in Telford.
He spoke out at the launch of Operation Citadel, an innovative scheme aimed at making one of the town’s industrial estates a “no go” area for criminals, an idea which will eventually be rolled out across all of Telford’s industrial estates and further afield.
He called on everyone at the event, including more than 40 businesses, the police, fire and council officers to join together to make the scheme a success.
Mr Wright said: “Crime is falling but it can have a devastating effect on business and we all need to work together to stop criminals coming into our area at their ease.”
He praised security company RMP Guarding for providing a car for Operation Citadel which; will be used by police to patrol the area and another local company SmartWater, for donating £100,000 to give every Stafford Park firm a free anti-crime kit so that goods, if stolen, are traceable and the culprit more likely to face prosecution.
Project organiser Mick Ebsworth, head of security at CapGemini, who is leading the anti business crime fight, said they wanted Stafford Park businesses to come together as a community and help run the scheme.
Rosie Beswick, strategic business relationship manager for the Chamber added: “Community is key as we can all benefit by working together, as in isolation we will achieve very little.
“There was a clear willingness by the Stafford Park business community to help each other to make the industrial estate a great place to work and the fantastic interaction between the police, fire, and local authority was clear to see.
“These are changing times for all businesses and so working together is the logical and cost effective way to progress.”
RMP Guarding, David Wright MP, SmartWater viewing the temporary CCTV control room at Chamber Officers, Stafford Park.
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