Retail BID businesses can now benefit from an instant crime fighting tool to immediately report incidents online.

Connected and safer businesses

Facewatch allows companies to capture security-related incidents and accompanying CCTV imagery in and around their premises.

They can then analyse the data in order to help defend premises against future crime attempts, share watch lists with other businesses, and report incidents and statements to the police as ‘digital evidence packages’.

More than 1,000 businesses in the West Midlands area are already using Facewatch to provide police with evidence sometimes within minutes of an offence being committed.

The system can be used on a computer or smartphone and can be used by multiple members of staff according to who has been given access rights.

Crime reports submitted via Facewatch are instantly sent to West Midlands Police and passed to officers who can then access full details of the crime from their desktop while automatic update emails are sent to the victim.

City police officers have been using another Facewatch application, FacewatchID for more than two years. This free app allows the general public to submit information anonymously on suspected criminals in their area. This has led to more than 100 people being arrested, having been identified by eagle-eyed members of the public.

West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “Facewatch is making life tough for criminals but makes life much easier for local businesses.

“With the greater uptake of schemes like Facewatch, we can tackle business crime and make  shops, bars and streets safer and more welcoming places to visit.”

Find out more by visiting www.facewatch.co.uk/cms/

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