There is no doubt that Skipton is not only one of the happiest places to live in the UK, it’s one of the safest too.
But like anywhere, unfortunately, crime does rear its ugly head from time to time.
The recent large-scale theft of a number of phones from a town centre shop is a reminder that offenders do operate in the town.
Sometimes they are locals, but more often then not, shops are targeted by crooks from out of town who see them as an easy target.
Whether it is shoplifting, passing fake currency, vandalism, or yobbish anti-social behaviour, there’s no reason why businesses or members of the public should have to put up with it.
That’s why the Skipton Crime Reduction Partnership financed and managed by Skipton BID is vital to business well-being.
And that’s why the addition of CCTV cameras, again funded by the BID, are so important in strengthening that well-being.
The Partnership provides radios and updates the mobile phone app allowing businesses across the town to stay in touch with each other and to be made aware of banned lists, mugshots, suspicious activity, offenders profiles, news, alerts, documents, upcoming events and ID-sought images.
Many retailers say it has made a huge difference to their losses to crime, and the police are fully behind the initiative.
What’s more, it doesn’t cost businesses a penny extra – it is all provided by the BID.
Just as the new cameras have been funded to the tune of £50,000 by the BID.
They will act as a deterrent to would be thieves, help catch those responsible for crimes, and aid in other police emergencies such as lost children or reports of suspicious behaviour.
CCTV cameras play a vital role in combating crime on our streets – unfortunately, local authorities cannot always provide them.
Without the BID, there would be no Skipton Crime Reduction Partnership and the CCTV cameras would not be returning.
And that would be a huge loss for the town and the businesses that operate there.
Remember that acting together, we are stronger, and vote YES to Skipton BID.