BID joins in and supports work with the Police and other key stakeholders on projects and initiatives that help make our streets safer to support the daytime and evening economy.

The BID will continue to run St Albans Business Crime Partnership (SABCP), which amongst other things, provides the security radio scheme –  Shop Safe, for hospitality and retail businesses with the aim of reducing business theft and crime. To facilitate the scheme, we also provide radio connections to St Albans City and District Council CCTV room and the city centre neighbourhood policing team. We continue to meet with these key stakeholders on a regular basis so that we may understand key issues for our city centre and receive reports on behalf of the businesses we support.

Shop Safe

BID members are automatically eligible to join the Shop Safe Radio scheme. Businesses enter a contract with our service provider and pay a monthly radio rental fee. All you need to do is contact the BID team and request you are sent an invitation email from our scheme provider. Its then over to you to sign up to the scheme. BID is made aware of your membership once you join.

If you are not a BID member but operate your business within the St Albans District, you can still apply to join the scheme. There will be an annual fee payable to BID via our service provider which is based on a percentage of your business rates. You then pay the monthly fee to our service provider.

For information contact info@stalbansbid.com

Membership of Crime Reduction groups

BID sits around the table of the Joint Action Group (JAG) to connect with services and organisations delivering schemes to address and improve public and business safety. BID joining in and supports work with the Police and other key stakeholders on projects and initiatives that help make our streets safer to support the daytime and evening economy.

BID attends the Independent Business Action Group meetings (IBAG) to represent businesses in St Albans and keep up to date on specific themes of business crime issues. IBAG meetings are open to all businesses and you can learn about its work here:  IBAG

BID has signed up to OWL – the Hertfordshire Business Watch to get the latest alerts and updates on activity.  Schemes to become members of include, Business Watch, Shop Watch and CCTV Watch where your CCTV can be linked to the OWL network to support police investigations. Its free to join:  OWL

Awareness & Training

BID seeks to support BID members by sharing self-help information, signposting to learning opportunities and sponsoring direct training. In early 2023, BID funded the purchase of Bleed Kits for hospitality businesses and provided training on how to use the kit prior to recipients being given the kit.

Visit the events & training page for the latest training opportunities in the St Albans Area.