Since the Acocks Green Business Improvement District, BID, launched the village radio scheme in January, backed by police, 50 companies have joined with around a quarter having radios to pick up incidents of crime as they happen.
Sandy Gianni, BID Manager said: “This is great news for Acocks Green as it means 50 extra pairs of ears and eyes observing what is going on and passing the message via the radio to each other, local police and the CCTV centre.
“We are delighted with the way shops have embraced the idea and feel they are really doing something about tackling business crime.”
PC Ian Davis added: “We want to stamp out shoplifting, anti-social behaviour and graffiti altogether in Acocks Green, and with all the radio-users helping, we can achieve that.”
Officers will also be offering businesses the chance to have a free security audit to ensure their premises are as safe as possible while the BID will be holding quarterly Crime Forums for shops and security officers to come together and discuss crime and how to prevent it.
“We want to try to make Acocks Green as safe as possible for those who live, work, do business and visit the area,” added Ms Gianni.