Facewatch gets thumbs up from Business Improvement Districts

By Emma Eversham

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Facewatch is being recommended for use in all Business Improvement Districts
Facewatch is being recommended for use in all Business Improvement Districts
Facewatch, the crime reporting database service for hospitality and retail businesses, has been recommended for use across all Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) after a successful trial in Victoria in London. 

The system, launched by wine bar owner Simon Gordon in 2010, has been hailed a success by those who have already used it leading to it becoming adopted as a British Bids commercial partner alongside companies such as Boots, Jones Lang LaSalle and Santander. 

Ruth Duston, chief executive of Victoria BID, said the system which integrates with the police database, would make communities safer. "I would commend Facewatch to anyone who genuinely wants to make a difference and particularly BIDS who are in an excellent position to improve their local areas," she said. 

Facewatch, which has recently been adopted by the Waterloo Quarter BID, will be free for the first 12 months to any BID. 

Gordon said the system had been updated from its 'early beginnings as a simple way for businesses to report low level crime with CCTV evidence'

"Facewatch has evolved into a confidential communications platform leveraging the very latest in internet technology. With the focus on creating crime free and community focused city areas, BIDS will find Facewatch the ideal tool to communicate easily with all the agencies involved," he said. 

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