What is Worcester CityNet?

Worcester CityNet is Worcester BID’s Business Crime Reduction Partnership and includes members from over 150 businesses from across the day and night-time economies. It is an intelligence led approach to managing city centre crime issues, by targeting and focusing efforts on the most persistent offenders. The team adopt a professional approach to combating retail, business and city centre crime within Worcester.

Members of CityNet include over 150 retailers, licensed premises, city centre CCTV, the police, local authority and other interested agencies. All parties are committed to sharing good practice, information and promoting partnership working.

Can you afford not to join!?

CityNet membership for Worcester BID members is free! The only cost incurred for Worcester BID members is for the rental of the digital radio which comes alongside access to the website and digital app. Collectively, these services come to less than 50p a day.

If you aren’t a Worcester BID member, there is a small charge for membership to the scheme. Please contact the Worcester BID team to find out more.

Gloria Hawthorn, Project Lead – Safer City 01905 731612

  • To deliver a local strategy to reduce city centre crime and the fear of crime.
  • To help businesses to trade successfully in a safe and secure environment.
  • To improve information sharing between the partnership and other crime reduction agencies.
  • To establish good practice for the collation, evaluation, analysis and dissemination of crime data locally, regionally and nationally.
  • To establish a strategy for identifying and sharing key performance indicators and management information.
  • To examine opportunities to link the group to edge of town secondary shopping areas.
  • To establish a local funding strategy to ensure long-term sustainability.

In partnership with CityNet, your business joins a wide network of businesses working together to provide a safer living and working environment. Joining a shared radio scheme will give you direct access to a network which is monitored by local police officers, CCTV suites, security staff and other businesses, meaning that warnings of criminal activity can be efficiently communicated between members.

Worcester BID also provides CityNet members with access to a website and mobile app provided by DISC. Allowing the user to report minor incidents directly to the crime bureau, browse prolific offenders, instant message businesses in their sector and receive latest news and events from CityNet and local authorities.

  • Reduce stock loss and increase profits by preventing and deterring theft.
  • Reduce crime and fear by deterring violent behaviour.
  • Enable security staff to be deployed more effectively.
  • Keeping your staff informed through reference material and photographs on active criminals.
  • Businesses work closer by sharing information.
  • Training for staff of all aspects of CityNet guidelines.
  • Develop effective partnerships between via radio links with Police, CCTV and other members.


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