Providing effective street management is integral to showcasing Winchester as a safe and attractive place to work, live, shop and visit.
Winchester Business Crime Reduction Partnership
Winchester BID delivers the Winchester Business Crime Reduction Partnership (WBCRP), which is an accredited umbrella organisation, bringing together businesses, the Police and the Winchester Community Safety Partnership to share information, ensuring strong links are prevalent into regional and national networks to keep the city safe and prevent crime. The WBCRP holds a Steering Group Meeting twice a year, chaired by the BID and minutes of the last meeting are available here.
The secure intelligence website and app DISC was introduced to members in 2015 and is an online crime reduction partnership administration system used as a hub to share intelligence on banned individuals, crime trends and identification sought images. Members of Shopwatch and Pubwatch can submit their own intelligence logs and report suspicious incidents committed in their premises. The DISC app is available on iOS and Android devices.
Shopwatch and Pubwatch
The BID has facilitated both the Shopwatch and Pubwatch schemes in Winchester for over a decade, which includes organising monthly meetings to discuss current crime trends, agreement on banning offenders and offering radios at a subsidised rate of £100+VAT for BID members, which connect retailers and licensed venues directly with CCTV Control, the Police, Winchester BID Rangers and Winchester City Council’s Community Safety and Neighbourhood Services Team. If you would like to join the Shopwatch or Pubwatch scheme, please contact: email@example.com.
Counter Terrorism Advice
There are a number of free counter terrorism information resources provided by the Police which are available for your business and below are some useful links.
UK Protect – Protective Security Information for the Business Community (3 February 2020)
UK Protect – Protective Security Information for the Business Community (4 December 2019)
MPS Advice – MPS Advice To Private Sector and Local Events
ACT – Action Counters Terror Awareness E-Learning
Winchester BID Rangers
Working closely with the Police and other agencies, we introduced the Winchester BID Rangers scheme in November 2018 to help reduce business crime and provide additional security in the city centre. The Rangers are security trained and accredited and patrol Winchester city centre streets as part of the BID’s commitment to providing a safer environment and to help reduce low level crime and antisocial behaviour. The Rangers also play an important ambassadorial role in the city and help tourists and visitors with directions, information and assistance. To contact the Rangers, please call 07547901823 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We provide financial support to the Winchester Street Pastors who work closely with the WBCRP and provide reassurance, safety and support to all people working in or enjoying Winchester’s night time economy on Friday and Saturday nights. The Street Pastors are an independent charity which work with the local Police, Winchester BID and Winchester City Council to help make the city safer at night. All Street Pastor groups are part of a national scheme which was first established in 2003.
Spare Change for Lasting Change
The BID facilitates one of the longest established diverted giving schemes in the UK named Spare Change for Lasting Change, aimed at reducing street begging and helping those most in need by diverting funds from the streets to local charities. Collection boxes are located in businesses across the city and 100% of funds donated are passed to local charities. Winchester City Council also assist with facilitation of the scheme which supports Trinity Winchester and Winchester Churches Nightshelter. Each year at a Business Breakfast organised by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the BID, a cheque is presented to the two charities by Steve Brine MP.
We provide over 550 floral hanging baskets and boxes to BID member businesses each year to enhance the appearance of the city centre. Any BID member can request this service for their premises and the floral displays are installed in June and then watered and maintained over the summer before being removed in October.
Winchester’s festive lighting and Christmas tree is provided by the BID and each year we upgrade and expand the scheme to illuminate new areas and landmark buildings. We cover all installation and maintenance costs to ensure that the city looks magical during the festive season.
Additional Public Realm Enhancements
The BID manages regular additional cleaning, above and beyond the statutory duties of local authorities, including deep cleaning of pavements within the BID area and removing chewing gum as well as graffiti removal. We have also supported public realm enhancements such as the redevelopment of the Casson Block and The Square and continue to offer assistance to the local authorities in providing better management of busking, commercial waste, signage and improved access to commercial areas.
Air Quality Action Plan
We provided feedback on the draft Air Quality Action Plan which was adopted by Winchester City Council in June 2017 and now sit on the Winchester Air Quality Steering Group. We are committed to assisting with the delivery of the plan, specifically providing a new Park and Ride for the north of the city.
Green Impact Awards
Winchester BID has a Silver Accreditation from the Winchester City Council and NUS Green Impact Scheme which reviews the environmental impact of businesses. We will continue to renew our accreditation and encourage local businesses to enter the scheme.