The National Business Crime Solution (NBCS) – the not-for-profit initiative that enables the sharing of data between law enforcement agencies and the business community in order to reduce crime – is now embarking on the next stage of its development after securing significant Government funding.
The award of a six-figure sum is in recognition of the NBCS’ success in supporting the police service in the fight against persistent and often travelling offenders and enables the organisation to become self-sustaining, make new appointments and implement a marketing and awareness campaign (including the introduction of a new independent corporate identity).
By providing a central repository where business crime data is submitted, shared and analysed, the NBCS is able to gather the necessary intelligence needed to more effectively detect, prevent and respond to crime. In short, it’s function is essential.
The money awarded to the organisation is part of the Police Transformation Fund, a Home Office programme that marks a real opportunity for police leaders and Police and Crime Commissioners to respond to the changing nature of crime.
The new funding is a significant development in the evolution of the NBCS. Founded by Jason Trigg (the former owner of Cardinal Security), over the last three years the NBCS has grown its membership by over 200% to encompass nearly 50 organisations, and acts as a valuable link between separate police services in the UK and its members by connecting crimes that would have traditionally been viewed as independent.
Shared information is particularly valuable when looking at offences involving mobile teams of criminals who are known to have very specific targets and travel extensively across the UK in order to commit offences. Prior to the NBCS, collating details of these crimes and offences would most likely have gone unnoticed and unpunished.
The NBCS also works closely with a number of policing bodies including the National Police Chiefs’ Council, in addition to the National Business Crime Centre. The latter’s operational lead, namely DCI Georgie Barnard, commented: “This is a unique service from a trusted partner that truly offers the way forward for the industry and the police service to work together in achieving a common goal. The NBCS offers timely information on crime trends that actively enables businesses in all market sectors to take better preventative action and realise more effective engagement with the police.”
Not only will the funding help attract new members, but it will also enable the NBCS’ strategic priorities – among them corporate governance, data protection and sustainability – to be met through its new operating model.
Importantly, the funding will also assist in continuing to improve the quality of information shared and circulated, protect those who face the growing risk of threats and violence, capture the criminals who pose the greatest harm (both physically and online) to member businesses and deliver a fraud sharing platform that supports businesses in eradicating persistent offenders and identifying emerging threats. A win-win scenario.