Business crime falls into three main categories;
Theft (Shoplifting / Employee Theft), fraud,robbery, burglary.
Violence against shop staff, robbery, harassment.
Verbal abuse, intimidation, vandalism.
CityWatch is a partnership approach to address issues associated with business crime. anti-social behaviour & reducing the fear of crime for the general public, across cities, towns & villages.
The scheme primarily operates a communications & information sharing network in conjunction with CCTV & Radiolink systems.
Joining the scheme and working in partnership to create a safer shopping and working environment will provide members with a wide range of benefits.
The Citywatch scheme was launched in Lisburn City Centre in July 2001, with three further CCTV schemes being set up in Hillsborough, Moira and Dunmurry in 2002. Overall there is now a total of 39 cameras deployed in Lisburn, Omniplex, Moira, Hillsborough and Dunmurry; 78 cameras in Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council locations Civic Centre, Wallace Park, Moira Demesne, Castle Gardens and Leisureplex; and 21 cameras deployed in Newry Mourne & Down District in Ballynahinch, Downpatrick and Newcastle.
"To inspire public confidence by detecting, preventing and reducing crime and the fear of crime in dedicated areas across Northern Ireland"
The scheme primarily operates a communications and information sharing network in conjunction with CCTV and Radiolink systems. Accurate up to date information on suspects and known offenders and their criminal methods and movements will be supplied by Retailers Against Crime NI (RACNI), who have an extensive database on active suspects and known criminals operating in Northern lreland.