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Cardiff has a new scheme to keep the city safe, unveiled ahead of the opening weekend of the Six Nations rugby. Cardiff Against Business Crime (CABC) aims to ensure the safety and security of businesses and visitors to the city, as well as reducing anti-social behaviour. CABC has appointed former South Wales Police inspector, Ian Tumelty, as the Crime Reduction Manager.

In his 30 years with South Wales Police, Ian played a leading role within the Targeting Alcohol Related Street Crime (TASC) and ‘Lions Breath’ multi-agency projects in Cardiff to reduce violence and alcohol misuse.

Ian has since worked as an independent advisor to the Home Office’s ‘Ending Gangs and Serious Youth Violence’ programme and as a member of its Peer Review Team. He was also appointed as a project delivery specialist LOCOG to manage the City operations and partnership negotiations for the delivery of the football events in Cardiff as part of the London 2012 Olympics.

Ian has two years’ experience as Business Crime Reduction Manager and is the Chair of the Wales Against Business Crime Group and Wales representative on the National Association of Business Crime Partnerships.

The new crime reduction involves partnership working with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff Council, South Wales and British Transport Police, Cardiff Third Sector Council and The Police and Crime Commissioners Office.

The launch of CABC coincides with the arrival of FOR Cardiff’s (the city’s Business Improvement District, BID for short) new radio network, CityNet which will link businesses with CCTV, police, street ambassadors and each other, to ensure issues are dealt with quickly and to keep Cardiff a safe place for all.

Executive Director of FOR Cardiff, Adrian Field, said: “Crimes against businesses and their staff makes up 25pc of all crime. We want to try and reduce this and have set up Cardiff Against Business Crime to make our city’s businesses, big or small, feel safe and secure. Working in partnership with so many organisations and forming a more cohesive way of preventing crime, is something that will hopefully take us one step closer to our long-term goal; making Cardiff more welcoming, vibrant and influential.”

Chair of Cardiff Against Business Crime, Chris Parsons, said: “In a fast-moving business economy, it is imperative that we have an effective Business Crime Reduction Partnership in Cardiff. Having the programme hosted within Cardiff’s Business Improvement District, but as a separate entity to FOR Cardiff creates a unique opportunity to work together in partnership to combat business crime. I am absolutely delighted to be embarking on this project as the chair of CABC.”

Visit: cardiffabc.com.

Picture by Mark Rowe; street art near the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff city centre.


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