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Car Share – cut costs

‘09

Astmoor News

Summer

Astmoor Industrial Estate employees are being urged to cut costs, pollution and congestion on the roads by sharing their journey to work. It is hoped drivers and passengers will get together to form their own informal car sharing schemes. The ser vice is completely FREE. All you have to do is register on the Halton Journey Share website (www. haltonjourneyshare.com) and enter the details of your regular journey to and from work. Journey Share then searches its database for other people that have a similar route. Estate Manager, Gareth Bennett, is a fan of car sharing schemes and also wants employers to get behind the idea. “Car sharing is fantastic, it can save drivers a lot of money in fuel costs and wear and tear on their vehicle, as well as cutting congestion on the roads. It could also help to reduce the amount of cars parked on the estate roads, freeing up space to enable

HGVs to move about Astmoor more as other businesses on the industrial easily. The website is easy to use and estate,” added Gareth. is constantly being updated.” Managers can do their bit by “Car sharing is not only cost effective encouraging their employees to use and good for the environment, it is also the scheme. Register your details a great way to meet other members of now on the Journey Share website staff from your own company as well – www.haltonjourneyshare.com

www.astmoor.org.uk

Dramatic Fall in Recorded Crime on Astmoor An innovative partnership approach to the delivery of a variety of services on Astmoor Industrial Estate has contributed to a dramatic reduction in recorded crime.

Dates for your diary Event

Date & Time

Location

Contact

Cost

Astmoor Business Steering Group & Annual General Meeting

12.00-13.30 on 11th June

Kawneer UK Ltd, Astmoor Road

Gareth Bennett for details: Email: gareth.bennett@halton.gov.uk Tel: 01928 516123

Office Furniture giveaway

09.30 - 13.00 on 12 th June

Unit 81 Brindley Road, Astmoor

Gareth Bennett for details: Email: gareth.bennett@halton.gov.uk Tel: 01928 516123

Free

Tidy-up day

09.30 - 13.00 on 3rd July

Brindley Road car park (opposite Howden Joinery), Astmoor

Gareth Bennett for details: Email: gareth.bennett@halton.gov.uk Tel: 01928 516123

Free

How Green is your Office?

09.00 - 13.00 on 23rd June

Liverpool

Ashley Piper for details: Email: ashley.piper@groundwork.org.uk Tel: 0151 726 2758

Free

NISP Quick Wins Chemical Workshop

00.30 - 13.00 on 8th July

Runcorn

Alex Hayes for details: Email: alex.heys@chemicalsnorthwest.org.uk Tel: 01928 515678

Free

Groundwork will be arranging a series of Environmental Awareness, Waste Awareness and Health & Safety courses throughout the year. Please contact Groundwork to express an interest in these courses & to find out dates - ashley.piper@groundwork.org.uk / 0151 726 2758

Key Contacts: BID Manager - One point of contact for Astmoor Industrial Estate: Gareth Bennett, Halton Borough Council Tel: 01928 516123 Mob: 07776 455695 Email: gareth.bennett@halton.gov.uk

Chairperson: John Gummery, Kawneer (UK) Ltd Tel: 01928 502 500 Email: john.gummery@alcoa.com

Crime Reduction Advisor: Cheshire Police: Phil Buckley, Cheshire Police To report a crime or provide information 0845 458 0000 or 999 if a crime is in progress Tel: 01244 613971 Email: phil.buckley@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

BID Security company: Select Security 24 hour control room: 01928 599928 Dave Potts: 07968 604978

Halton Borough Council Switchboard: Tel: 03033 334300

The Astmoor BID is managed by Halton Borough Council’s Economic Regeneration Department and supported by the Astmoor Business Steering Group and Executive Committee. For further information visit www.astmoor.org.uk

Free

In its first year, the Astmoor Business Improvement District ( BID) has contributed to a 32% reduction in crime when compared to the figure for 2007/08 and a 39% reduction when compared to crime levels in 2006/07. Since its inception in April 2008 the Astmoor BID has invested in an Auto Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) CCT V system, void property alarms and S m a r t wa te r D N A proper ty marking,

which has been made available to every business on the estate. The estate also benefits from mobile patrols and companies can enrol for key holding and alarm / incident response services, provided through the BID by Select Security. The success of the BID programme has also been built upon a strong par tnership between Cheshire Police, Select Security, Halton Borough Council and the Astmoor businesses themselves. Over the last twelve months burglaries have dropped by 42%. To further reduce the number of burglaries on the estate the Astmoor BID recently purchased a number of ‘void property alarms’ to protect vacant properties. When activated the alarms communicate remotely with Sele ct Se curit y’s 24 -hour control room to trigger an immediate, manned response. Criminal damage to buildings, often an indicator of attempted burglaries, has also fallen by 33% compared with the 2007/ 08 level and, an impressive, 71% compared with the 2006/07 level. During the same period, while there has been a slight increase in thefts from vehicles, there have been no

recorded vehicle thefts. The absence of any thefts of motor vehicles can be, in part, attributed to the installation of an ANPR CCTV system that captures images of every vehicle entering and exiting the estate. Phil Buckley, Crime Reduction Advisor, was instrumental in the selection of security infrastructure and services at the design stage commented that “this is great news and I believe these reductions in crime are due to the commitment of the Police and businesses working together and also the wider range of steps put into place to prevent and reduce crime on Astmoor Industrial Estate.” Derek Lockie, NPU Inspector Runcorn, said “these results show the benefits of partnership policing. Through the commitment of the businesses of Astmoor and the security measures put into place, it has made the Astmoor area a safer environment for the businesses and staff to operate.” In the unfor tunate event that an incident occurs at a business premises, then a representative of the company should notify the Cheshire Police as soon as practicable by telephoning 0845 458 0000. If the offenders are believed to be still in the area or the incident is believed to be an emergency then please dial 999.

Deterrent level stepped up To reinforce the high security message, the estate now benefits from crime prevention signage installed not only at the entrances to the estate, but all around the area. The signs are to act as a deterrent and publicise the security services a n d i n f r a s t r u c tu r e c ove r i n g

Astmoor – the Auto Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) CCTV system, Smar tWater proper ty marking systems, intruder alarm response and mobile patrols. Companies signing-up for the key holding and alarm response services can be provided with Select Security stickers and signs

that can be installed around your perimeter to act as an additional deterrent. To sign up for the key holding and alarm / incident response service, please contact Gareth Bennett on tel: 01928 516123 or email gareth.bennett@halton.gov.uk


Message from the Chair

Chairperson John Gummery

Welcome to the inaugural issue of ‘Astmoor News’, I hope you find it informative. The newsletter has been produced to keep all businesses on the estate up to speed of all the developments and activities carried out through the Astmoor Business Improvement District (BID), as well as providing an opportunity to highlight some of the companies based on Astmoor to promote inter-trading. We have just completed our first year of the BID programme and I hope that you have noticed improvements to the estate. The first year was focussed on improving security and designing out crime, which I feel we have made great strides of improvement. However, we must not rest on our laurels and seek to continue the excellent progress made, which can be reflected by the fact that we now have mobile CCTV at our disposal. I am aware that some companies are yet to sign-up for the key holding and alarm / incident response services. These are services many companies are finding a crucial addition to their business security, particularly during holiday periods where key holders are hard to find! I urge you to take advantage of these services – it’s all included in the annual BID charge. The focus of the second year will be to tackle some of the image and maintenance issues, starting with an estate tidy-up day in July. If you have any suggestions, please let me know and they can be put forward to the Business Steering Group and Executive Committee for consideration. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Executive Committee for all their support and hard work over this first year. I look forward to working with the Executive Committee and all other businesses on the estate to work together to improve Astmoor Industrial Estate as a place to do business. John

Estate Tidy-up day I n a s s o c i a t i o n w i t h Ke e p Britain Tidy, the Astmoor BID has arranged an estate Tidy-up day to take place on Friday 3rd July. Gareth Bennett said “the aim of the day is to get businesses on the estate together to collect litter and to remove some of the ‘grot spots’ from the estate. It is hoped that businesses on Astmoor may permit a number of selected employees to take part in the Tidy-up to ensure that as many areas can be tidied up as possible on the day. What’s more, taking part and getting your employees away from their desk and working towards a shared goal can massively improve productivity and motivation when your people return to the office. All volunteers will be provided with a breakfast snack – a bacon sandwich or cheese on toast for veggies - and a cup of tea or coffee. The Tidy-up will be between 9.30 am and 1 pm, the meeting point will be the main car park on Brindley

Company Spotlight Ace Recyclers / Trade Ink Supplies

the

Road (opposite Howden Joinery). Volunteers will be provided with bin bags, protective gloves and a number of litter pickers will be made available on the day. Halton Borough Council has agreed to collect and dispose of the bin bags. If your company is willing to provide any volunteers, please contact Gareth Bennett on 01928 516123 / gareth.bennett@halton.gov.uk

Mobile CCTV in operation on the Astmoor estate.

textiles, ink cartridges, laser to n e r s , m o b i l e p h o n e s , I T equipment and florescent tubes. Kevin Cheung, Managing Director says, “the services we offer to all our customers are hassle free because once the recycling programme is up and running, we do all the work.” Trade Ink Supplies, a ser vice provided through Ace Recyclers, is a scheme where the company buy back most original empty ink cartridges. If you are interested in the rates, contact the company and prices can be provided. The company are also able to supply re-filled ink cartridges and laser toners

and offer a full money back guarantee with all their compatible ink cartridges and laser toners.

For further information, Ace Recyclers can be contacted on: 0845 365 4657 or email info@acerecyclers.com

Environment Agency Helps Astmoor Businesses Know Regulations We all need to know how we can reduce our impact on the environment and the Environment Agency is here to help – no matter what business you’re in.

Security on the Move The Astmoor BID has taken the next step towards the eradication of crime on the estate with the purchase of a dedicated mobile CCTV system. This overt system has been installed within a patrol vehicle operated by Select Security for the express purposes of deterring crime on the estate, protecting businesses, enhancing public safety and obtaining evidence. The vehicle will be used for both mobile patrols and in response to specific incidents, for example alarm activations. The system will allow incidents and instances of anti-social behaviour to be recorded for evidential purposes The new mobile CCT V system will complement

Ace Recyclers, based on Arkwright Road, have provided recycling services to a range of organisations in the area for over 10 years. Due to the increasing costs of waste disposal, recycling your waste materials can save money as well as helping the environment by diverting waste away from landfill. The company can supply all the bins and containers you need for your company to recycle a range of materials and will agree a convenient time to empty them. Ace Recyclers can recycle a wide range of materials, including all types of paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminium and steel cans,

the existing infrastructure introduced by the BID programme. The system features a digital recorder with an 80 Gb removable hard drive, a low light, high resolution, fully automated camera with a 10 x optical zoom and a GPS receiver to provided accurate time and date information The system has been designed specifically for operation in a mobile environment and the whole system is ‘e’ marked in accordance with EU legislation and is Home Office approved for operation in Police vehicles. John Gummer y, Chair of the Astmoor BID, said “The ability to have mobile CCTV at our disposal is another tool in our efforts to deter criminal activity and anti social behaviour from Astmoor. When taken together with the raft of other security measures implemented by the BID programme over the last twelve months, this new development will contribute towards the realisation of one of the key objectives of the project, that is to design crime out of the estate and thereby improve the working environment and prosperity of all the businesses on Astmoor”.

Pollution from the Astmoor Industrial Estate entering the Manchester Ship Canal.

The Environment Agency is working in partnership with the Astmoor BID and Halton Borough Council to provide FREE pollution prevention advice during a special week long blitz starting on 14th September. During this time our officers will be on hand to provide help and advice to businesses to help you understand everything you need to know about current regulations. Steve Butler local Environment Officer from the Environment Agency said: “We want to help businesses to understand how they can reduce pollution from their organisations and stay on

the right side of the regulations. Our officers will not only be able to provide pollution prevention advice but can also explain legislation like packaging waste regulations, WEEE regulations, Hazardous Waste Regulations, Environmental Permitting Regulations and the correct disposal of waste.” To book a FREE appointment please call the Environment Agency on 01925 543484. To report any pollution incidents, contact the Environment Agency’s incident hotline on 0800 807060.

In Business, it Pays to be Eco-Nomical Groundwork Merseyside of fer environmental consultancy services to Merseyside businesses, including Astmoor. Groundwork deliver the ENWORKS funded business support programme, designed to help businesses access FREE support to help improve their use of resources and to identify cost saving opportunities. Cost savings are found via the efficient management of energy, water, waste, raw materials and fuel consumption. To date,

our FREE waste / energy audit support has helped to identify £7.13 million worth of cost savings for over 300 businesses yours could be next. Groundwork can also review environmental policies and for particular projects, provide expert consultancy – FREE of charge. Further to the consultancy support and advice, in order to improve environmental performance, it is essential that staff possess the right skills for the job. That is

why the ENWORKS programme provides *FREE Waste Awareness and Environmental Awareness training to companies that sign up to the programme. T h e EN WO R KS p r o g r a m m e a l s o encourages businesses to not only adopt responsible practice in an environmental sense, but also within the marketplace, community and workplace. A key strand to this support is to help businesses to become more resilient by implementing a Business Continuity Plan.

So make a start today. Sign up for your FREE waste / energy support by contacting us: Telephone: 0151 726 2740  Email: gwm@groundwork.org.uk  Website: www.groundworkmerseyside.org.uk *Groundwork Merseyside’s time to deliver and administer the certified training courses is provided free of charge to SME’s on Merseyside. However, certification is charged by the examining body at £25.00 per person.


Message from the Chair

Chairperson John Gummery

Welcome to the inaugural issue of ‘Astmoor News’, I hope you find it informative. The newsletter has been produced to keep all businesses on the estate up to speed of all the developments and activities carried out through the Astmoor Business Improvement District (BID), as well as providing an opportunity to highlight some of the companies based on Astmoor to promote inter-trading. We have just completed our first year of the BID programme and I hope that you have noticed improvements to the estate. The first year was focussed on improving security and designing out crime, which I feel we have made great strides of improvement. However, we must not rest on our laurels and seek to continue the excellent progress made, which can be reflected by the fact that we now have mobile CCTV at our disposal. I am aware that some companies are yet to sign-up for the key holding and alarm / incident response services. These are services many companies are finding a crucial addition to their business security, particularly during holiday periods where key holders are hard to find! I urge you to take advantage of these services – it’s all included in the annual BID charge. The focus of the second year will be to tackle some of the image and maintenance issues, starting with an estate tidy-up day in July. If you have any suggestions, please let me know and they can be put forward to the Business Steering Group and Executive Committee for consideration. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Executive Committee for all their support and hard work over this first year. I look forward to working with the Executive Committee and all other businesses on the estate to work together to improve Astmoor Industrial Estate as a place to do business. John

Estate Tidy-up day I n a s s o c i a t i o n w i t h Ke e p Britain Tidy, the Astmoor BID has arranged an estate Tidy-up day to take place on Friday 3rd July. Gareth Bennett said “the aim of the day is to get businesses on the estate together to collect litter and to remove some of the ‘grot spots’ from the estate. It is hoped that businesses on Astmoor may permit a number of selected employees to take part in the Tidy-up to ensure that as many areas can be tidied up as possible on the day. What’s more, taking part and getting your employees away from their desk and working towards a shared goal can massively improve productivity and motivation when your people return to the office. All volunteers will be provided with a breakfast snack – a bacon sandwich or cheese on toast for veggies - and a cup of tea or coffee. The Tidy-up will be between 9.30 am and 1 pm, the meeting point will be the main car park on Brindley

Company Spotlight Ace Recyclers / Trade Ink Supplies

the

Road (opposite Howden Joinery). Volunteers will be provided with bin bags, protective gloves and a number of litter pickers will be made available on the day. Halton Borough Council has agreed to collect and dispose of the bin bags. If your company is willing to provide any volunteers, please contact Gareth Bennett on 01928 516123 / gareth.bennett@halton.gov.uk

Mobile CCTV in operation on the Astmoor estate.

textiles, ink cartridges, laser to n e r s , m o b i l e p h o n e s , I T equipment and florescent tubes. Kevin Cheung, Managing Director says, “the services we offer to all our customers are hassle free because once the recycling programme is up and running, we do all the work.” Trade Ink Supplies, a ser vice provided through Ace Recyclers, is a scheme where the company buy back most original empty ink cartridges. If you are interested in the rates, contact the company and prices can be provided. The company are also able to supply re-filled ink cartridges and laser toners

and offer a full money back guarantee with all their compatible ink cartridges and laser toners.

For further information, Ace Recyclers can be contacted on: 0845 365 4657 or email info@acerecyclers.com

Environment Agency Helps Astmoor Businesses Know Regulations We all need to know how we can reduce our impact on the environment and the Environment Agency is here to help – no matter what business you’re in.

Security on the Move The Astmoor BID has taken the next step towards the eradication of crime on the estate with the purchase of a dedicated mobile CCTV system. This overt system has been installed within a patrol vehicle operated by Select Security for the express purposes of deterring crime on the estate, protecting businesses, enhancing public safety and obtaining evidence. The vehicle will be used for both mobile patrols and in response to specific incidents, for example alarm activations. The system will allow incidents and instances of anti-social behaviour to be recorded for evidential purposes The new mobile CCT V system will complement

Ace Recyclers, based on Arkwright Road, have provided recycling services to a range of organisations in the area for over 10 years. Due to the increasing costs of waste disposal, recycling your waste materials can save money as well as helping the environment by diverting waste away from landfill. The company can supply all the bins and containers you need for your company to recycle a range of materials and will agree a convenient time to empty them. Ace Recyclers can recycle a wide range of materials, including all types of paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminium and steel cans,

the existing infrastructure introduced by the BID programme. The system features a digital recorder with an 80 Gb removable hard drive, a low light, high resolution, fully automated camera with a 10 x optical zoom and a GPS receiver to provided accurate time and date information The system has been designed specifically for operation in a mobile environment and the whole system is ‘e’ marked in accordance with EU legislation and is Home Office approved for operation in Police vehicles. John Gummer y, Chair of the Astmoor BID, said “The ability to have mobile CCTV at our disposal is another tool in our efforts to deter criminal activity and anti social behaviour from Astmoor. When taken together with the raft of other security measures implemented by the BID programme over the last twelve months, this new development will contribute towards the realisation of one of the key objectives of the project, that is to design crime out of the estate and thereby improve the working environment and prosperity of all the businesses on Astmoor”.

Pollution from the Astmoor Industrial Estate entering the Manchester Ship Canal.

The Environment Agency is working in partnership with the Astmoor BID and Halton Borough Council to provide FREE pollution prevention advice during a special week long blitz starting on 14th September. During this time our officers will be on hand to provide help and advice to businesses to help you understand everything you need to know about current regulations. Steve Butler local Environment Officer from the Environment Agency said: “We want to help businesses to understand how they can reduce pollution from their organisations and stay on

the right side of the regulations. Our officers will not only be able to provide pollution prevention advice but can also explain legislation like packaging waste regulations, WEEE regulations, Hazardous Waste Regulations, Environmental Permitting Regulations and the correct disposal of waste.” To book a FREE appointment please call the Environment Agency on 01925 543484. To report any pollution incidents, contact the Environment Agency’s incident hotline on 0800 807060.

In Business, it Pays to be Eco-Nomical Groundwork Merseyside of fer environmental consultancy services to Merseyside businesses, including Astmoor. Groundwork deliver the ENWORKS funded business support programme, designed to help businesses access FREE support to help improve their use of resources and to identify cost saving opportunities. Cost savings are found via the efficient management of energy, water, waste, raw materials and fuel consumption. To date,

our FREE waste / energy audit support has helped to identify £7.13 million worth of cost savings for over 300 businesses yours could be next. Groundwork can also review environmental policies and for particular projects, provide expert consultancy – FREE of charge. Further to the consultancy support and advice, in order to improve environmental performance, it is essential that staff possess the right skills for the job. That is

why the ENWORKS programme provides *FREE Waste Awareness and Environmental Awareness training to companies that sign up to the programme. T h e EN WO R KS p r o g r a m m e a l s o encourages businesses to not only adopt responsible practice in an environmental sense, but also within the marketplace, community and workplace. A key strand to this support is to help businesses to become more resilient by implementing a Business Continuity Plan.

So make a start today. Sign up for your FREE waste / energy support by contacting us: Telephone: 0151 726 2740  Email: gwm@groundwork.org.uk  Website: www.groundworkmerseyside.org.uk *Groundwork Merseyside’s time to deliver and administer the certified training courses is provided free of charge to SME’s on Merseyside. However, certification is charged by the examining body at £25.00 per person.


Car Share – cut costs

‘09

Astmoor News

Summer

Astmoor Industrial Estate employees are being urged to cut costs, pollution and congestion on the roads by sharing their journey to work. It is hoped drivers and passengers will get together to form their own informal car sharing schemes. The ser vice is completely FREE. All you have to do is register on the Halton Journey Share website (www. haltonjourneyshare.com) and enter the details of your regular journey to and from work. Journey Share then searches its database for other people that have a similar route. Estate Manager, Gareth Bennett, is a fan of car sharing schemes and also wants employers to get behind the idea. “Car sharing is fantastic, it can save drivers a lot of money in fuel costs and wear and tear on their vehicle, as well as cutting congestion on the roads. It could also help to reduce the amount of cars parked on the estate roads, freeing up space to enable

HGVs to move about Astmoor more as other businesses on the industrial easily. The website is easy to use and estate,” added Gareth. is constantly being updated.” Managers can do their bit by “Car sharing is not only cost effective encouraging their employees to use and good for the environment, it is also the scheme. Register your details a great way to meet other members of now on the Journey Share website staff from your own company as well – www.haltonjourneyshare.com

www.astmoor.org.uk

Dramatic Fall in Recorded Crime on Astmoor An innovative partnership approach to the delivery of a variety of services on Astmoor Industrial Estate has contributed to a dramatic reduction in recorded crime.

Dates for your diary Event

Date & Time

Location

Contact

Cost

Astmoor Business Steering Group & Annual General Meeting

12.00-13.30 on 11th June

Kawneer UK Ltd, Astmoor Road

Gareth Bennett for details: Email: gareth.bennett@halton.gov.uk Tel: 01928 516123

Office Furniture giveaway

09.30 - 13.00 on 12 th June

Unit 81 Brindley Road, Astmoor

Gareth Bennett for details: Email: gareth.bennett@halton.gov.uk Tel: 01928 516123

Free

Tidy-up day

09.30 - 13.00 on 3rd July

Brindley Road car park (opposite Howden Joinery), Astmoor

Gareth Bennett for details: Email: gareth.bennett@halton.gov.uk Tel: 01928 516123

Free

How Green is your Office?

09.00 - 13.00 on 23rd June

Liverpool

Ashley Piper for details: Email: ashley.piper@groundwork.org.uk Tel: 0151 726 2758

Free

NISP Quick Wins Chemical Workshop

00.30 - 13.00 on 8th July

Runcorn

Alex Hayes for details: Email: alex.heys@chemicalsnorthwest.org.uk Tel: 01928 515678

Free

Groundwork will be arranging a series of Environmental Awareness, Waste Awareness and Health & Safety courses throughout the year. Please contact Groundwork to express an interest in these courses & to find out dates - ashley.piper@groundwork.org.uk / 0151 726 2758

Key Contacts: BID Manager - One point of contact for Astmoor Industrial Estate: Gareth Bennett, Halton Borough Council Tel: 01928 516123 Mob: 07776 455695 Email: gareth.bennett@halton.gov.uk

Chairperson: John Gummery, Kawneer (UK) Ltd Tel: 01928 502 500 Email: john.gummery@alcoa.com

Crime Reduction Advisor: Cheshire Police: Phil Buckley, Cheshire Police To report a crime or provide information 0845 458 0000 or 999 if a crime is in progress Tel: 01244 613971 Email: phil.buckley@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

BID Security company: Select Security 24 hour control room: 01928 599928 Dave Potts: 07968 604978

Halton Borough Council Switchboard: Tel: 03033 334300

The Astmoor BID is managed by Halton Borough Council’s Economic Regeneration Department and supported by the Astmoor Business Steering Group and Executive Committee. For further information visit www.astmoor.org.uk

Free

In its first year, the Astmoor Business Improvement District ( BID) has contributed to a 32% reduction in crime when compared to the figure for 2007/08 and a 39% reduction when compared to crime levels in 2006/07. Since its inception in April 2008 the Astmoor BID has invested in an Auto Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) CCT V system, void property alarms and S m a r t wa te r D N A proper ty marking,

which has been made available to every business on the estate. The estate also benefits from mobile patrols and companies can enrol for key holding and alarm / incident response services, provided through the BID by Select Security. The success of the BID programme has also been built upon a strong par tnership between Cheshire Police, Select Security, Halton Borough Council and the Astmoor businesses themselves. Over the last twelve months burglaries have dropped by 42%. To further reduce the number of burglaries on the estate the Astmoor BID recently purchased a number of ‘void property alarms’ to protect vacant properties. When activated the alarms communicate remotely with Sele ct Se curit y’s 24 -hour control room to trigger an immediate, manned response. Criminal damage to buildings, often an indicator of attempted burglaries, has also fallen by 33% compared with the 2007/ 08 level and, an impressive, 71% compared with the 2006/07 level. During the same period, while there has been a slight increase in thefts from vehicles, there have been no

recorded vehicle thefts. The absence of any thefts of motor vehicles can be, in part, attributed to the installation of an ANPR CCTV system that captures images of every vehicle entering and exiting the estate. Phil Buckley, Crime Reduction Advisor, was instrumental in the selection of security infrastructure and services at the design stage commented that “this is great news and I believe these reductions in crime are due to the commitment of the Police and businesses working together and also the wider range of steps put into place to prevent and reduce crime on Astmoor Industrial Estate.” Derek Lockie, NPU Inspector Runcorn, said “these results show the benefits of partnership policing. Through the commitment of the businesses of Astmoor and the security measures put into place, it has made the Astmoor area a safer environment for the businesses and staff to operate.” In the unfor tunate event that an incident occurs at a business premises, then a representative of the company should notify the Cheshire Police as soon as practicable by telephoning 0845 458 0000. If the offenders are believed to be still in the area or the incident is believed to be an emergency then please dial 999.

Deterrent level stepped up To reinforce the high security message, the estate now benefits from crime prevention signage installed not only at the entrances to the estate, but all around the area. The signs are to act as a deterrent and publicise the security services a n d i n f r a s t r u c tu r e c ove r i n g

Astmoor – the Auto Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) CCTV system, Smar tWater proper ty marking systems, intruder alarm response and mobile patrols. Companies signing-up for the key holding and alarm response services can be provided with Select Security stickers and signs

that can be installed around your perimeter to act as an additional deterrent. To sign up for the key holding and alarm / incident response service, please contact Gareth Bennett on tel: 01928 516123 or email gareth.bennett@halton.gov.uk

Astmoor Newsletter - Summer 2009  

Newsletter for businesses on Astmoor Industrial Estate, Runcorn

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