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19/11/2019Business Security - CCTV - BID UpdatePolice are urging businesses to check their CCTV is in good working order and capable of providing good quality footage to assist the police in identifying offenders. A CCTV system can be a major benefit for businesses in deterring and identifying an offender. However, in order for CCTV to be effective it needs to be regularly maintained, inspected and be free from anything that can reduce the quality of the recordings, or lead to blurred images. This could include the camera being accidentally moved out of position or focus, light blur from other sources, dirt on the lens, or even spiders’ webs.

15/11/2019St Edmunds Day – next Wednesday!!Just a final reminder that it is St Edmunds Day next Wednesday (20th) and I would ask that all who have their bunting and flags from previous year please display this in or on your buildings from next Wednesday and throughout the Christmas Fayre weekend demonstrating to all the visitors to the Fayre of how proud we are of our town and it’s namesake. If you haven’t got any bunting or flags and want some then please contact me (if you haven’t already done so) asap! And I only have limited stocks left.

15/11/2019Win a Christmas HamperBID member, A-Plan Bury St Edmunds are running a prize draw for a Christmas Hamper from Regency Hampers, including a variety of goodies (see attached) and a £25 high street shopping voucher draw runs from now until 05/12/19 and the winner will be drawn 06/12/19. In order to enter, at least one renewal date must be supplied for either car, van, home or commercial insurance and each renewal date supplied will count as one entry into the draw. Over 18's only. If you want to partake please call into the office in Brentgovel St or e mail tom.brame@aplan.co.uk Also see attached a preferential business offer to all BID businesses.

15/11/2019Fake Compliments vouchersIt has been brought to my attention that recently in East Anglia a number of fake/counterfeit “Compliments” vouchers have been tendered and recovered so please ensure your staff are vigilant in checking these vouchers if they are presented to purchase goods or services in your businesses.

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Police are urging businesses to check their CCTV is in good working order and capable of providing good quality footage to assist the police in identifying offenders.

 

A CCTV system can be a major benefit for businesses in deterring and identifying an offender. However, in order for CCTV to be effective it needs to be regularly maintained, inspected and be free from anything that can reduce the quality of the recordings, or lead to blurred images. This could include the camera being accidentally moved out of position or focus, light blur from other sources, dirt on the lens, or even spiders’ webs.

 

Any CCTV images must be adequate for the purpose for which you are collecting them. It is essential that you choose camera equipment and locations which achieve the purposes for which you are using CCTV.

 

Both permanent and movable cameras should be sited and image capture restricted to ensure that they do not view areas that are not of interest and are not intended to be the subject of surveillance, such as individuals’ private property.

 

The cameras must be sited and the system must have the necessary technical specification to ensure that images are of the appropriate quality.

 

Where CCTV has been installed to deal with a specific problem, have you considered setting the system up so it only records at the time when the problem usually occurs, or is it movement activated, to again only concentrate on problem events?

 

In particular the camera should be sighted to allow a good head and shoulders shot of anyone entering the area you are trying to protect.

 

Is the camera suitable for the location, bearing in mind the light levels and the size of the area to be viewed by each camera?

 

Are the cameras sited so that they are secure and protected from being moved out of position or vandalised, to ensure they will record the area you are trying to protect?

 

Will the system produce images of sufficient size, resolution and frames per second?

 

Make sure the hard drive or recording equipment is kept secure in a locked cabinet as thieves will want to destroy or steal the evidence on it.

 

Make sure warning signs that “CCTV is in Operation” are put up. Signage is compulsory for commercial properties.

 

How easy is it to take copies of a recording off your system when asked for by Police? Can this be done without interrupting the operation of the system?

 

Further advice on the effective sighting and maintenance of CCTV can be found using the following useful government link: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/142684/cctv-small-business-guidance.pdf

 

Alternatively, you can visit Suffolk Police’s 1st Principle Crime Reduction advice site using the following link: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/commercialcctv1.pdf

 

To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org

 

Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.

 

Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required.

 

Police Connect Team

St Edmunds Day – next Wednesday!!

 

Just a final reminder that it is St Edmunds Day next Wednesday (20th) and I would ask that all who have their bunting and flags from previous year please display this in or on your buildings from next Wednesday and throughout the Christmas Fayre weekend demonstrating to all the visitors to the Fayre of how proud we are of our town and it’s namesake. If you haven’t got any bunting or flags and want some then please contact me (if you haven’t already done so) asap! And I only have limited stocks left.

Win a Christmas Hamper

 

BID member, A-Plan Bury St Edmunds are running a prize draw for a Christmas Hamper from Regency Hampers, including a variety of goodies (see attached) and a £25 high street shopping voucher draw runs from now until 05/12/19 and the winner will be drawn 06/12/19. In order to enter, at least one renewal date must be supplied for either car, van, home or commercial insurance and each renewal date supplied will count as one entry into the draw. Over 18's only. If you want to partake please call into the office in Brentgovel St or e mail tom.brame@aplan.co.uk Also see attached a preferential business offer to all BID businesses.

Fake Compliments Vouchers

 

It has been brought to my attention that recently in East Anglia a number of fake/counterfeit “Compliments” vouchers have been tendered and recovered so please ensure your staff are vigilant in checking these vouchers if they are presented to purchase goods or services in your businesses.

Christmas Fayre

 

I am sure none of you need reminding that the Fayre starts next Thursday at noon and runs through the weekend, ending at 6pm on Sunday. We are hoping for a bumper attendance that will benefit your businesses but acknowledge that getting in and out of town and finding a place to park will be more tricky than usual after 10am each day. It will obviously be helpful if staff can make alternative transport arrangements to get into and out of town, if at all possible, to free up more space for visitors. At the BID we are very aware that this event does not benefit all of our members and those that particularly have a local customer base and/or rely upon bookings for businesses can be detrimentally affected but overall the event is a huge benefit for the town both in regards of the spend over the weekend but also as a promotional tool for people to hear about our lovely town and increase subsequent visits.

Best Dressed Christmas Window

 

Thanks to you who have already decorated your windows and/or asked for our judge this year to consider your window in their judging. As mentioned before the judge will view as many windows as possible between December 7th and the 13th before the winner is announced on Monday 16th. All of your individual efforts combine to create a great look for the town (complimenting the Christmas Lights that the BID funds) and make it so attractive in the run up to Christmas. So thanks for all your efforts and best of luck to all of you

BID Ballot

 

Hopefully you have all now received your voting papers but if this is not the case please let me know and I will explain how you can apply for replacement papers. As mentioned previously you have until 5pm on Thursday 28th November to get your vote to the organisation organising the ballot.

Festival of Light

 

The Cathedral would like to invite businesses and their staff to the St Edmundsbury’s Festival of Lights which provides an opportunity to make contacts and new friends over a festive glass of fizz – or just catch up with colleagues. Enjoy carolling, jingling and mingling in the beautiful surrounds of your local Cathedral. Be sure to invite your staff team to join them for just £5.00 pp. Visit www.stedscathedral.org/whats-on to book, or find the event flyer attached to this email. The event is on Wednesday 11 December with welcome drinks from 5:30 and the Carol Service from 6pm.

Proposed improvements to Angel Hill -late Feb to early Apr 2020

 

Yesterday I met with representatives of the Highways Dept who are looking to carry out the above over a 6 week period, where the blocks on the road will be replaced. The area they will address is from outside Lottie Waffles and will run through to the Crown St junction with Churchgate Street. It will carried out in stages with access from either one of the ends of the work being available at all times. On your behalf I have made representations that it is essential to provide access as much as possible for deliveries to businesses and easy access for customers too. I have asked the Highways Team to host a meeting for businesses likely to be affected so our members can attend and raise any issues that are relevant to their businesses. This period of time was felt to be the best time to go for to avoid the pre-Christmas period and the main tourism period (spring & summer). I will keep you updated with developments and let you know when and where the meeting will be held.

Mental Health (Elf) Day

 

The Gatehouse charity, in partnership with the Bury Free Press is looking for the involvement and engagement with town centre businesses by dressing up as elves! for Mental “elf” day on Wednesday 4th December. Details of how to get involved are in the attached flyer.

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