Crossrail contractor BBMV is working to help reduce shop lifting and anti-social behaviour in the West End by donating 12 two-way radios to local businesses to catch shoplifters.
It comes after two Crossrail workers chased down an alleged designer bag thief near Crossrail’s Bond Street worksite, handing him over to police.
The £3,000 radio donation to the Safer Soho Business Partnership will enable local businesses to be in immediate communication with each other, the local police and council CCTV control centre.
The Safer Soho Business Partnership, which is supported by Westminster City Council and the Metropolitan Police, connects local businesses to help crack down on illegal activity such as petty theft and anti-social behaviour.
The donation is part of Crossrail’s Community Investment Programme which involves Crossrail contractors actively contributing to the communities they work within.
Late last year, surveyors Billy Twinn and Aurelian Bahnovei from Site Engineering Survey Ltd were installing monitoring equipment near New Bond Street when they heard a woman cry for help and a man run past them with a handbag. The hard hat crusaders chased the alleged designer bag thief more than 200 metres before catching him, marching him back to the store and calling the police.
Keith Sibley, Crossrail Area Director West said: “Crossrail’s contractors are not only working to build new stations and tunnels but are playing an active role in the communities they are working within. We are keen to leave a lasting legacy of not only new stations but community initiatives that will benefit the local area. We hope these radios from our contractor BBMV will help Soho businesses to track and catch shop lifters and reduce anti-social behaviour in the area.”
West End Ward Councillor Jonathan Glanz said: “We are grateful for this donation to Safer Soho, which will enable more local businesses to become members and help fight crime in Soho.”
Notes to editors
BBMV is a joint venture between BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Vinci. They have undertaken advanced works including installing diaphragm walls for the Crossrail western ticket hall at Tottenham Court Road. BBMV are also undertaking the main station works at Crossrail’s Whitechapel station.
The total funding envelope available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn.
The Crossrail route will pass through 37 stations and run 118 km (73 miles) from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city. Crossrail services are due to commence through central London in 2018.
Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.