Cambridge Business Against Crime (CAMBAC), which was set up by City Centre Management in August, are delighted to announce their achievement of the national Safer Business Award, which is supported by the Home Office and managed by Action Against Business Crime.
The criteria based Award recognises towns, cities and shopping centres that demonstrate a strong practical commitment to reducing retail/business crime such as shop theft and anti social behaviour which can seriously impact on the viability of businesses and the safety of their employees. The Award was presented on Tuesday 12th February 2008 at a special event at The Guildhall. Attendees included CAMBAC members, The Lady Mayor, Rob Hammond Chief Executive of Cambridge City Council, Ian Nimmo- Smith Leader of the City Council and a number of police and security officers. Presenting the award was Sandy Hobbs from Action Against Business Crime “The award is criteria based, and partnerships like CAMBAC must demonstrate that they have hit all the key targets. I’m delighted to say that CAMBAC passed with flying colours. On a practical level this work will help ensure that persistent troublemakers who cause alarm and distress are identified and prevented from
committing crime and anti social behaviour in the first place.” The Award was received by a number of people including Superintendent Simon Megicks, Deputy Divisional Commander, Cambridge Constabulary who comments “The partnership will help businesses reduce their losses and make staff feel safer as a result of being subjected to less criminal and threatening behaviour. CAMBAC received the award after demonstrating good partnership management agencies. The award is recognised as the only national, independently assessed, business crime partnership award.” To round up the ceremony, CAMBAC presented their own award which has been developed to celebrate the hard work of front line staff for most outstanding detections for December 2007. The winner of the first award went to Andy Brumpton, security guard at Boots, Petty Cury.
Andy Brumpton from Boots Security wins the new annual Cambac Award for ‘Most Outstanding Detections’. His excellent work in December meant Boots came top of the league for detected crimes and to thank him for his fantastic contribution, he won a free Hinks and Vicky Hornsby, Cambac Manager.
The CAMBAC membership goes from strength to strength with membership growing steadily, from its launch in August of just over 100 members to approximately 120, all with radios linked to CCTV and the Police. This led to many positive results during the busy festive season for businesses in both the day and night time economy and was particularly beneficial to the Cambridge Constabulary Retail Crime Squad Operation in December.