What is Shopwatch?

Shopwatch scheme is set up and operated by a local council’s business crime reduction partnership (BCRP) or shopping centre’s crime prevention team and can run alongside a Pubwatch Scheme under the umbrella of a Townlink crime prevention scheme. This page concentrates on the Shopwatch scheme, and talks about solutions that Paramount Radio Communications can offer to facilitate your Shopwatch scheme.

Shopwatch is an initiative that’s designed to help prevent daytime town/city centre crime and theft through the ability for shops and other businesses to communicate with one another directly using a two-way radio system that is linked to the local council or shopping centre’s CCTV control rooms and sometimes even the local police force.

Shopwatch Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s a list of questions we frequently get asked by people wanting to either setup a new Shopwatch scheme or take over an existing Shopwatch scheme.

Who Usually Operates A Shopwatch Scheme?

Shopwatch is usually operated by a business crime reduction partnership (BCRP) or business improvement district (BID) scheme, the local council, local community police force, local chamber of commerce, or the largest local shopping centre. Schemes are sometimes regional, sometimes they are contained to the local area and other times to a single shopping centre.

Can I Set Up A Shopwatch Scheme?

Yes. The reality is that anyone can setup a Shopwatch scheme. But there are a few things you’ll need including agreement from your council, local police and you must demonstrate, with evidence, local businesses support who have agreed to sign-up. If a Shopwatch scheme already exists, you will be unable to setup another scheme without community support.

Can Paramount Radio Communications Help Me Setup A Shopwatch Scheme?

Of course we can! But it’s best to have discussed and agreed your proposed scheme with the local community. Once you know the size (number of proposed members) of your intended scheme and the geographical area you will need to cover, Paramount Radio Communications can offer advice on the two-way radio system your Shopwatch scheme will need, call us on 0207-288-6370 during office hours or email sales@paramountcomms.co.uk 24 hours a day and we can guide you through features, options and pricing.

 

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