Subsidised BCRP membership – ongoing

Broadmead BID businesses are able to benefit from subsidised membership of the Bristol Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP).

The BCRP covers Visit West’s Business Improvement Districts; Broadmead BID, Bristol City Centre BID and Redcliffe & Temple BID and incorporates the two Bristol Shopping Quarter shopping centres; The Galleries and Cabot Circus. The BCRP collaborates closely with Avon and Somerset Police, Bristol City Council and city centre businesses to collate information and intelligence about criminal activity, and to identify and tackle crime issues.

The BCRP aims to address the crime that specifically affects businesses through sharing of information and building strong relationships with the local authorities. To do this the BCRP invests in the intelligence sharing platform, Disc, which allows businesses, the police, and the council to share intelligence and submit reports of business crime.

The key objectives are:

  • to develop strong partnerships across the city with the police and the local authority
  • to unite efforts to reduce crime and the impact of crime for businesses

As well as representatives from the police and the local authority, the BCRP also includes representatives from three separate user groups:

  1. Retail industry
  2. Night-time economy
  3. Hotel and Leisure industry

Their role is to inform and update the BCRP Advisory Panel (strategic partners who support the aims and objectives of the BCRP) on key strategic and operational priorities to help reduce crime and its impact.

Bristol BCRP follows the Business Crime Reduction Partnership standards Introduced by the National Business Crime Centre in 2019 and updated in October 2019. These standards provide a single reference for “what good partnership working looks like” in order to give reassurance to business members, police and other stakeholders on how to operate a BCRP.

Subsidised membership of the BCRP

Broadmead BID businesses paying a levy of £5,000 or more per annum are entitled to free membership of the BCRP (and have all been contacted with this offer).

All other businesses can become members for the subsidised price of £552 plus VAT per annum (Broadmead BID pays an additional £113 per member, per annum).

Membership includes:

  • Hire of one security radio, linked to the network operating across Visit West’s three city centre BIDs and to Bristol City Council’s operations centre, which controls the CCTV provision across the city
  • Unique data sharing agreement between BCRP members and Avon and Somerset Police
  • Mobile app for Apple and Android phones which allows password-protected access to intelligence via your smartphone device
  • State of the art, password-protected website providing accurate intelligence and up-to-date images of offenders (subject to exclusion and Criminal Behaviour Orders [CBOs])
  • Representation in court for CBO applications legally banning offenders from parts of the city
  • Increased profitability by reducing crime, the fear of crime, stock losses and anti-social behaviour
  • Monthly crime reduction meetings in relation to your business sector
  • Weekly e-newsletter
  • Free crime reduction training in partnership with Avon and Somerset Police