AN INNOVATIVE crime prevention scheme is giving businesses the tools to protect themselves.
A number of businesses in Huddersfield have taken part in a Raid Control project, which aims to raise retail security standards.
It is hoped that by giving shop workers and small businesses more safety advice, it will reduce the risk of burglary and theft.
Police say the Raid Control scheme is already making a difference.
Kirklees Crime Reduction Officer, PC Mark Wall has been working on the initiative and believes other retailers should also consider getting involved.
PC Wall said: “We identified a number of small shops and businesses across the Kirklees division which were vulnerable to robberies and other related crimes.
“We visited those premises and carried out initial surveys to see what was lacking.
“These premises in Huddersfield have now made the required changes and reached the specified standard to achieve Raid Control certification.”
Hayre and Sons of Fartown Green Road, the Scar Lane Filling Station in Milnsbridge and the Paddock Filling Station at the Triangle in Paddock are the latest to achieve the Raid Control status. All three adopted measures to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of crime.
The Raid Control scheme is funded with a grant from the Royal Armouries in Leeds and supported by the British Security Industry Association, British Retail Consortium and other organisations in the security and retail sector.