The owner of a London wine bar has created a new online system for pubs and restaurants to report low-level crimes like bag theft in a bid to help operators cut down on criminal activity on their premises.
The new service, called Facewatch, which is supported by the Assocation of Britain's Chief Police Officers (ACPO), allows firms to capture CCTV images of new and known offenders and share them online with other businesses. The system also helps members of the public cut down on the amount of time it takes to report an incident.
Facewatch's inventor, Simon Gordon, owner of Gordon's wine bar said: "As owner of Gordon's I was fed up with the theft of bags and other items from my customers. Facewatch is my response to this problem and I am delighted we have police and political support and enormous interest from the business community who are keen to work with us."
A pilot study of Facewatch is currently being carried out in 31 outlets including pubs, nightclubs, Prêt A Manger and Sainsbury's in the Victoria Business Improvement District (BID), London.
By Neil Gerrard
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