Belfast ONE helps ‘BEAT’ retail crime

Robert Murdie, William McGivern, Michelle Greaves, Chris Suitor 1

Belfast City Centre is to continue to benefit from the services of the hugely successful PSNI City Centre Beat scheme – an initiative which was developed in partnership with Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce and City Centre businesses over 12 years ago, and designed to improve people’s experience and perceptions of the city. 

The majority of the private sector funding for the new and improved scheme will now be contributed by Belfast One – the company responsible for Belfast’s Business Improvement District.  Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce will continue to make a contribution, both financially and as stakeholders in the steering group and the scheme will continue to be managed by Belfast City Centre Management.

Speaking at the signing of the newly improved scheme, Clare Maguire, Managing Director of Belfast One said: “Making Belfast City Centre a safe and welcoming space for the people who live, work and visit here, will be the focus of the scheme.

“Taking a partnership approach is key to tackling crime and that is what we want to foster here in Belfast One.

“As well as our official partners, the PSNI, BCTC and BCCM, we will be working closely with each and every retailer or security team in our city to deliver this scheme to allow locals and visitors to enjoy all the city has to offer.

The City Centre Beat Initiative will continue to supply two dedicated police officers whose job it will be to work with businesses, transport providers and other agencies, to enhance feelings of safety and thereby creating a safer, more attractive environment.

Chief Inspector Robert Murdie said: ““The PSNI have been involved in the hugely successful City Centre Beat scheme for over twelve years, and it is great to see the initiative expanding through the new Business Improvement District.

“The Belfast Beat officers’ main focus will be on issues such as: challenging all forms of anti-social behaviour; contributing to the co-ordinated approach to managing those suffering from chronic social need; tackling aspects such as criminal damage; and facilitating the flow of public transport around the city centre.

Mr Murdie concluded: I look forward to working with the Belfast One, BCTC, and BCCM to continue to deliver this invaluable scheme.”

For further information on the Belfast Beat initiative call 028 95 216 956.