Mitie Security has partnered with independent charity Crimestoppers in a bid to keep communities and businesses safe from crime across the UK.
Under the innovative agreement, the organisations will work together to share information on criminal behaviour gathered by businesses to be fed into police investigations.
Crimestoppers encourages people and organisations to anonymously share information that helps to prevent and solve crime. As well as receiving intelligence from the general public, Crimestoppers also works with several private and public sector bodies, including businesses, trusts and foundations on public awareness campaigns.
Mitie is the first security company to form such an alliance with Crimestoppers, demonstrating its commitment to bridging the gap between the public and private sectors to help keep people, customers and communities safe.
It will be the first time the charity has worked with a security company to tackle crime and keep communities safe. As Mitie Security has hundreds of customers spanning every sector, this collaboration will also help to create new relationships between Crimestoppers and businesses that have not worked together before.
Mitie will use its suite of technology solutions and work closely with its clients to bring together relevant anonymous data on criminal behaviour to create incident reports. This evidence will be shared with local police forces to support their investigations.
This partnership is underpinned by Mitie’s Global Security Operations (GSO) service, its technology and intelligence-led security solution. Through the GSO, Mitie brings together the latest technology, 20,000 security officers and a team of intelligence experts and analysts, creating a 360-approach to security.
The partners will also create a dedicated rural crime steering committee. Alongside the police, the committee will include other groups with a rural presence – such as the Police Crime Prevention Initiatives and the National Farmers Union.
Mitie will use its experience delivering security services to hundreds of public and private sector clients to provide Crimestoppers with insights on the key security issues that businesses and communities currently face. Working with the Home Office, Crimestoppers will use this information to create national awareness campaigns.
Jason Towse, managing director of business services at Mitie, said: “From people’s livelihoods to businesses, crime is never victimless and so we’re committed to bridging the gap between the public and private security sectors, to help keep our clients and the communities where we operate safe. By working collaboratively with other key stakeholders in the security industry, including renowned organisations such as Crimestoppers, we can all play a vital role in helping keep criminals off the streets.”
Mark Hallas, CEO of Crimestoppers, said: “Crimestoppers has been giving people the ability to speak up 100 per cent anonymously about crime since our independent charity started over 33 years ago. Providing this opportunity to share knowledge helps build confidence in communities, which ultimately leads to greater safety and security for us all.”