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Guarding strategy reduces Nottingham retail park crime to almost zero.

Octavian Security : 22 November, 2007  (Application Story)
Vehicle crime in Nottingham retail park virtually eliminated with the intelligent deployment of guarding services from Octavian in cooperation with major retailers in the area.
Incidents of vehicle crime at a major retail park near Nottingham, where former Ghurkha officers were brought in to help raise security standards, have been reduced to almost nothing.

In April last year, and in partnership with IKEA, Next, Decathlon and local authorities, internationally-operating Octavian Security devised a security strategy that involved utilising up to seven officers at any given time working in the car park.

Nottingham-headquartered Octavian Security instigated an initiative that saw the main security cabin strategically moved to the entrance of the car park and security officers utilising digital cameras, video cameras, high-powered torches and radios on regular patrols.

And the initiative has had a major effect on crime rates. From January 2006 to December 2006 there were 150 incidents, but from January 2007 to the present time - there have been just 26 reported incidents.

Sukhi Ghuman, managing director of the award-winning Octavian Group, commented: "The Giltbrook car park was of major concern to the police because of the high levels of crime but the recent figures really are fantastic and show what can be done through partnership working, strong communication and thinking strategically about security.

"We ensured constant patrols of all areas of the car park, with officers who were in radio contact at all times, strengthened the team with Ghurkha officers and we employed a very good supervisor with local knowledge.

"We also held monthly meetings with representatives from IKEA, Decathlon, Next and the police.

"The police, whose support has been crucial to the success of the initiative, provided our officers, not all of them former Ghurkha officers, with additional training and we were given a radio to be in contact with the town's CCTV operators."

The car parking areas are now managed by Savills, one of the country's leading commercial property service providers.

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