Working for Safer Streets

Alongside an effort to support businesses in becoming accredited with Best Bar None status, a Home Office accredited award looking to improve standards in the evening and night time economy, Worcester BID and city partners including West Mercia Police and Worcestershire Regulatory Services are working to make our city feel safer.

As part of this effort, the public was asked about any local places that make them feel unsafe, as well as any suggestions they might have on how to make women and girls feel safer and reduce the risk of them becoming victims of crime.

You can access the results here:

We believe that it is imperative to feel safe in the city of Worcester and these answers will help to guide decision-making on funding a range of interventions, such as CCTV cameras, improved street lighting, educational programs, transport, neighbourhood watch schemes, and close working with night-time economy establishments - many of which are well underway.

In order to keep developing and improving safety measures in Worcester, we are also bidding for Purple Flag status.

When reading all about Worcester's BID for Purple Flag Status, you will come across acronyms and terms that may need some clarification. Please find the definitions by clicking here if you need them. 

Sam McCarthy, Chief Executive for Worcester BID said:  “Purple Flag accreditation demonstrates excellence in the evening and night-time economy. Worcester BID are acting as lead delivery partner for the application with Worcester City Council and West Mercia Police as supporting partners to achieve the status for the city.  Purple Flag will assess all areas of the night time economy looking at safety measures and how partners work together utilising city resources such as CCTV and CityNet radio scheme. They are also looking into city enhancements to improve areas to feel safer, for example New Street and Friar Street’s festoon lighting recently added by Worcester BID, which supports creating a vibrant atmosphere but also adds additional lighting to the area making it feel safer.


Join CityNet!

This past year we’ve welcomed several new members to the CityNet scheme and introduced several different services. With 15 new businesses joining the scheme, the introduction of Best Bar None and our DISC website and mobile app, the CityNet community has grown from strength to strength and now includes over 150 members.

Ranging from chains to independents, from bars to retailers, restaurants and tourist attractions, the diverse nature of CityNet covers every sector. Supported by the CityNet team, the Police and CCTV suites, these businesses all work together to reduce crime and keep our city centre safe.

Our newest members to join DISC and the shared-radio system are Ye Olde Talbot, Mountain Warehouse and New England Country Store who have all joined in the last month, building on both our day and night-time economies to create a stronger network of individuals working to reduce crime and disorder.

On top of this, 10 alcohol-licensed premises have become Best Bar None accredited to ensure that their policies and procedures are in check, their staff are trained and that their premises are fit to keep their customers safe. With a few more businesses set to take part in this year’s scheme, Worcester’s Best Bar None community is always growing!

Although CityNet’s website and mobile app was only introduced in 2019, it now has 158 members from across the day and night-time economies and displays 157 offenders on the website. 223 incidents reports have been processed, 80 public realm reports have been received and members have logged in 4,415 times in total so far.

Building on intelligence, this app has allowed members to identify and warn each other of local offenders and with the busy Christmas period in full swing this service will undoubtedly come crucial throughout December.

CityNet’s radio system, Best Bar None scheme and DISC app are continuously strengthening and we can’t wait to welcome new members throughout December and next year!

To enquire about CityNet, please contact James on james.bell@worcesterbid.com or 01905731612.