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Start of Night Patrols to Cut Business Crime

Cougar picBilston Business Improvement District (BID), working with the Wolverhampton Business Crime Reduction Group (WvBCRG), have secured a deal for local security firm, Cougar Monitoring, to have their Community Patrols to cover Bilston free of charge, for the next three months.

They will be checking on all parts of the town centre during the night, in a bid to reduce crime against businesses, which many, have said is a big concern.

Bilston BID Manager, Simon Archer, said: "This is a real coup for Bilston to be chosen as the area for this pilot project".  

Chair of WvBRCG, Anna-Maria McAuliffe, added: "Business Crime has a huge impact on the economic well-being of our city’s businesses and local community.  WvBCRG is working with all partners across the city to help businesses prevent themselves from becoming victims of crime.  Cougar has chosen Wolverhampton to run this pilot due to the strength of this partnership, which has been running just over a year.  Bilston Businesses, with the help of Bilston BID, can come together and support a common goal – the prevention of crime."

At the end of the pilot, businesses will be surveyed to see what effect the patrols have had, with a view to making the arrangement permanent.

Eric Roberts, CEO of Cougar Monitoring, commented: "We are thrilled to continue with and expand our partnerships in the West Midlands area, and to support businesses in both preventing and reducing crime. Our Community Patrol teams will be highly visible across Bilston and the surrounding area over the next three months and we welcome feedback from both businesses and the local community."

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