By Jo Whitfield, Food CEO
Thanks again to everyone who shared their stories with the Home Office. The consultation closes at 11pm today and I’m so pleased with how we’ve responded. I know together, we’re really going to make a difference.
The aim of this call for evidence is to help the government understand the true scale of the issue, the measures that help prevent these crimes and how existing legislation is being used to tackle them. The Home Office will now have a look at all the responses to the consultation, come up with their findings and respond with a plan of action.
But what’s next for Co-op?
We’re trialling new things to help colleagues feel safer
We’re going to be putting our intelligent CCTV solution in more shops this year. This is an industry leading package where we work with partners to detect repeat offenders, gather evidence and work with the police to secure convictions.
We’re also trialling other things that will deter crime or help us share better evidence with the police. This is includes body worn cameras that are being tested currently and are being well received by colleagues and customers, new security tags for high value items that are almost impossible for offenders to remove without damaging the products, fog cannons for cash areas and tracker devices for other high value items like cigarettes.
Working with the community to tackle crime
Crime is a real issue in society and we can’t fix this alone. You may have seen our new partnership with Steel Warriors who we’ll be working with to help take knives off the streets and build community gyms with the melted down steel.
We’re also partnering up with the Damilola Taylor Trust to provide funding which will enable 25 young people from across London to go through a career and skills development programme. Take a look at my interview with Richard, Damilola’s dad, where I talk to him about what this partnership means to him.
Our community activity focuses on spaces, wellbeing and skills, all of which can be linked to creating safer colleagues and safer communities. We’ll also continue working with local causes that help tackle crime at its root, by addressing issues such as homelessness and food poverty.