Garage Youth Club
Business Watch Totton is proud to be able to
support the garage youth club project. Here at the
Garage Youth Centre, they work closely with
young people to deter them from crime related
behaviour and encourage involvement in positive
recreational activities to make their lives and the
lives of our community better.
As a crime fighting service working in harmony with
our SNT team at Totton Police Station we are very
pleased to be able to promote and bring to our
membership and public this very positive and
essential part of our town here in Totton.
Any sponsorship, donations or financial help will
always be very much appreciated and this link will
enable your kind donations to go to a very worthy
Business Watch Totton is pleased to announce
an alliance with “A Safer New Forest” this local
authority backed initiative is a shining example
how we can all work together to combat crimes in
our communities. Business Watch Totton
appreciates all the help we have received from the
team at “A Safer New Forest” and we look
forward to continuing to bild on this alliance over
the coming weeks, and months ahead.
Business Watch Totton works with the ACSO
Team and we are pleased to announce another
great addition to our service with the support of this
very well respected service to our community.
We will be bringing our members regular bulletins
and crime news supplied with the kind permission
of ACSO Birch Western TAOR Team Leader .
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How Does Totton Business
Following the receipt of your enquiry, a member of
the Totton Business Watch team will contact you
and discuss your requirements.
If you are in an area where a scheme already
exists we will explain the current security
arrangements in your locality, how you can
participate in the scheme and how you can benefit.
Once companies have joined Totton Business
Watch you will benefit from the the group email
communication system, and develop and help to
implement any action plans we agree upon.
Where individual companies require additional
support or crime prevention surveys or risk
assessments these can be organized as required
by either our local police team or a Business
watch Totton advisor.
How Do I Benefit?
Investing in new security measures can be
expensive, but by working together we have a
better opportunity to share resources, find cost-
effective solutions and to secure financial
Other Totton Business Watch benefits include:
• Registration of security data and contact
telephone numbers for your business
• E-mail sharing of local business and police
• Single point of contact for all security issues
by telephone or email
Incident response service. Totton Business
Watch will assist where possible, but this is not a
replacement for the Police, if you have an
emergency situation or any imminent threat dial
999 or if a lesser incident dial 101.
We all know the effects of crime can be
devastating, so it makes good business sense to
protect your profits, customers, premises and staff
from the effects of crime.
You’re in business to make money why risk losing
money through crime?
• To encourage communication between members
• To increase crime prevention awareness
• To stimulate the exchange of information between members, and our local police, the local authorities
and other agencies participating in the Totton business watch scheme
• To promote crime prevention and increased standards for security
• To provide an environment that is unattractive to criminals, prevent the opportunist thief from taking
• To share best business practice
• To establish closer links between businesses and all agencies, not only Police but Councils and other
watch schemes’ such as neighbourhood watch, Pub watch, etc..
• To realise the benefit of investment in security, before an event takes place
What Can I Do As a Totton Business Watch Member?
• Regularly review procedures within your business, make effort to ensure that your property is
adequately protected, train your staff, the more eyes and ears we have the bigger our intelligence data
• Ensure visitors are properly managed ( HSE advisory) and that employees challenge strangers on your
premises- never be afraid to ask who a stranger is and why he is on your premises
• BOLO - Much used word what this means is “be on the lookout” for unusual or suspicious activity,
report it to the police or your local Business Watch Totton Administrator
• Invite your neighbourhood police team or beat officer to visit your premises regularly
• Encourage regular contact with your neighbour business, share knowledge
• Encourage staff to be vigilant and to report the unusual, make them feel involved
• Report damage to streetlights, cars, property or anything suspicious however trivial, check vehicles are
taxed, tyres are good anything that may highlight something is not right.
Do I Need to Be Concerned living in Totton?
• Crime against business is on the increase nationally, and sadly locally
• Businesses are twice as likely to be a victims of crime as individual persons
• The average annual cost of crime is £8,000 per business across the UK that is a staggering number
• Small businesses account for 56% of UK employment and 52% of UK turnover
• 48% of small businesses suffered at least one crime in the year to December 2012
• Business related crime in the Totton area exists
As a first step in being prepared, ask yourself about the physical environment of your business:
• Has there been crime in the vicinity of your business recently?
• Are there any prevailing crime trends in your area?
• Are there any paths, railway lines or other access routes, which could be used by criminals to gain
access to your premises?
• Do you know who runs the local business crime partnership, shop watch, business watch scheme or
similar in your area? If not contact us here firstname.lastname@example.org
Then ask yourself about your business specifically:
• What could thieves target in my business - stock, petty cash, computers, equipment, and vehicles?
• How vulnerable are my business premises to crime?
• What would be the effect of a crime against my business?
• What crime prevention initiatives are available to me?
Whatever the field of business you are in, good housekeeping is the rule:
• Untidy property results in petty vandalism and can escalate into something serious.
• Property marking acts as a deterrent and can help detection seek our advice on this.
• Can you benefit from the Smart water or other marking products
• Vehicle tracking devices, plant tracking devices
• Access control is important if you are not open to the general public.
• Effective external lighting can deter criminals and is essential for other crime prevention measures to
• Good CCTV systems that record on a continuous loop over 30 days
Securing your business against crime need not be an expensive and time consuming exercise. You can
get advice and guidance from a number of sources. As a first step your local police team or Totton
Business Watch co-coordinator can visit to advise you on how to make your systems and premises more
secure. To contact them, simply call us on the member’s number or email us
Useful websites, which give practical guidance on business crime prevention, are:
Other sources of advice and guidance:
• Local business organisations such as the Federation of Small Businesses, your local Chamber of
Commerce and the CBI may offer crime prevention advice to members.
• All local authorities have a Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership and a Community Safety Officer
who can offer advice and direct you to a source of help. To contact them, telephone your local Council
If you are unfortunate enough to become a victim of business crime, please do report it to your local police.
Business crime is not victimless. Services, employment, investment and the quality of life are all
threatened by increased levels of crime. Crime figures are consistently under reported and this leads to the
less effective deployment of police resources.
We are resolute in beating business crime between us all and working in harmony with our local police
team we can go a long way towards stamping out business crime.