This week I visited Mitie’s Security Operation Centre. Mitie is the UK’s largest intelligence-led security company, providing a wealth of services across almost all sectors, including CCTV for retail stores, security personnel and lone worker protection.
I was shown how key retailers, including Marks & Spencer and the Co-op, are utilising Mitie’s security tools to identify, assess, manage and tackle retail crime.
We know that technology is vital in catching criminals on our high streets and supporting stores with loss prevention. It also plays a big role in keeping staff safe and ensuring their work environment is secure.
It was good to see how Mitie capture data and build in-depth analysis of risks within retail and convenience stores.
Their Security Operations Centres provide an essential link between retailers and the police, allowing for partnership work in getting prolific offenders out of communities and making high streets safe and enjoyable places to be.
I was also delighted to present a number of awards to Crime and Intelligence teams who work in partnership between Mitie and retailers such as Sainsbury’s, IKEA and B&Q.
These teams play a crucial role in supporting police forces across the nation.
Awards were given to those who had:
Why is stalking still being normalised?
Valentine’s Day is on the horizon. In recent years, I have called upon greeting card companies to remove thoughtless, insensitive Valentine’s cards that trivialised the devastating impact of stalking on victims.
Whilst some companies responded quickly and removed the items, it’s disappointing to see that abusive greeting cards are still available to purchase this year on some sites. I will once again be flagging this directly to the stores in the hope that they realise this simply isn’t acceptable.
I have heard some people say that “you don’t have to buy the cards” but I feel strongly that allowing this to go unchallenged, helps to embed misogynistic behaviour into everyday life whilst camouflaging it as humour. You might think it’s 'just a card' but it normalises dangerous behaviours that de-personalise women.
Often, it’s the everyday normalised behaviours that we need to call out. That’s why I created my Do The Right Thing campaign, to encourage men to challenge their family, friends and colleagues and to speak up when they recognise harmful behaviours.
Katy Bourne OBE
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner