Slough Town Centre Business Improvement District (Slough BID) acquires security services from Lodge Service to patrol and help protect the town centre from crime and anti-social behaviour.
The focus is to promote and improve Slough BID Zone, a business-led, non-profit organization formed in April 2020 with a five-year strategy as part of a nationwide framework of designated areas for businesses to pool their resources and invest in agreed products and services. Slough BID Manager Clarissa Parker says the aim is to make Slough a welcoming and safe place to visit and in which to live and work: “The Lodge Service team provides visible reassurance to businesses, our BID levy payers, as well as the general public through an approachable and welcoming service.”
Lodge Service uses body cameras worn by a team of three wardens in Slough Town Centre and continuously monitors these for any possible incident. Bill Collinge, Lodge Service’s BID Relationship Manager, says The Lodge Service team uses a polite but firm approach to discourage anti-social behaviour and disorderly conduct and according to him, “This acts as a deterrent to potential crime while also offering a welcoming presence for residents and visitor, helping with directions, and providing public information and assistance.”
Bill Collinge emphasizes that they work closely with the local police as exemplified in the ‘Hyndburn Community Safety Warden Scheme’ they ran with Hyndburn Council in Accrington for three years which was sponsored by an EU grant, and tells how Lodge Service’s community warden system blends security technology and experienced personnel to develop a total loss and protection strategy for BIDs and retailers and provide an integrated solution that secures and protects people, assets and profits.
Lodge Service will be working with Slough BID to manage and support those within the area who suffer nuisance, and target shoplifting and anti-social behaviour with intelligence-led crime reporting.