BID Safe and Secure Report

This report produced by Gordon Brockie in 2019 focuses on the Business Improvement District (BID) industry’s ‘safe and secure’ commitment. Based on feedback sessions, desk research, a survey of London BIDs, and in-depth interviews with 10 BIDs, it investigates how they are responding to the safety and security concerns of levy payers, creating safer places, and potential barriers they face in meeting these aims.

Date added 17 August 2021
Last updated 17 August 2021

Concerns around the safety of high streets and town centres have become even more pronounced during the Covid-19 pandemic. This report, produced by Gordon Brockie in 2019, focuses on the Business Improvement District (BID) industry’s ‘safe and secure’ commitment, in light of a changeable high street landscape. It is based on research conducted across London BIDs, including feedback sessions, a survey, in-depth interviews, and desk research, to explore several key objectives:

  • To demonstrate how BIDs are contributing to crime reduction in their communities.
  • To identify major challenges and barriers to BIDs addressing levy payers’ safety and security concerns.
  • To identify the resources and support structures available to assist BIDs with providing safe and secure places.
  • To investigate any weaknesses in the partnership approach to crime reduction.

Findings presented alongside best practice examples, cover themes such as crime reduction measures and schemes implemented (e.g. Pub Watch); business resilience in the face of crises and disruptions (e.g. terrorism, floods, fires etc.); networks and support structures for BID managers (e.g. London BIDs Against Crime); and challenges faced by BIDs in tackling issues of safety and security (e.g. budget and staffing cuts).

In summary, the report finds that:

  • The majority of London BIDs have a Business Crime Reduction Partnership approach to tackling crime and safety issues.
  • Such partnership approaches to addressing safety and security have more positive benefits than traditional town centre methods.
  • BID crime managers are increasingly engaging in national crime reduction and other networking events to enhance their knowledge of the area.
  • Safe and secure issues continue to feature amongst the key concerns of levy payers.
  • Key barriers to enacting crime reduction interventions relates to funding cuts, partnership working issues, and wider structural impacts such as the economic crisis.

Based on these findings, several key recommendations are made, including:

  • Clear and transparent documenting of ‘safe and secure’ commitments within BID business plans.
  • More regular networking and partnership working between relevant stakeholders.
  • Sharing of best practice within the BID industry.