- DISC now covers 200 towns and city-centres in the UK;
- System enables identification of travelling offenders; intel helps police make most of restricted resources;
- Each DISC implementation can link with others to share current-awareness crime reduction information with tens of thousands of businesses;
- Links with community groups, public authorities and ‘third sector’ to create integrated local, regional and national current awareness network;
- Key component of ‘Policing the Future’ model.
Littoralis has announced that 200 towns and city-centres throughout the UK are now benefitting from its DISC (Database & Intranet for Safer Communities) system.
DISC is the leading online system for secure information-sharing within and between business crime-reduction partnerships. There are currently more than 120 DISC implementations throughout the UK, many of which cover multiple towns as well as extended rural areas.
Says Littoralis’ director, Charlie Newman: “We are continuing to implement DISC in more and more places. But while we do so, many of our existing customers have been extending their systems to cover multiple towns within and around their areas. We’ve only just got round to counting them up and I can confirm that DISC now covers in excess of 200 different towns and city-centres throughout the country.”
Extending a single DISC implementation to cover a number of neighbouring towns and outlying areas makes sense at many levels. Travelling or prolific offenders such as shoplifters can be more easily identified and managed, and evidence for prosecution provided to police. DISC is also a powerful and easy-to-use publishing platform for news, ‘Alerts’ etc, and improving local businesses’ current awareness about crime prevention, local trends and threats. Taken together, DISC systems now serve in excess of 30,000 retail and licenced premises around the country.
“The numbers may sound impressive” says Newman, “but far more important is the degree to which individual businesses actually engage with their local crime reduction partnerships. DISC has always focussed as much on encouraging the participation of its users as on sheer numbers. Our ambition has been helped by a growing familiarity with DISC as well as the ever-wider acceptance of the benefits of online information sharing by both users and partners such as the police.”
With growing pressure on budgets, more and more police forces are engaging with their local business communities through DISC – and delivering support more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever before. In return, DISC-enabled business crime reduction partnerships are providing police with invaluable intelligence about travelling or prolific offenders.
“If anyone wants to see how policing can be delivered at local level, efficiently, effectively and with maximum community-engagement” says Charlie Newman “they need to look at how DISC is enabling that right now in towns and city-centres throughout the UK. It provides a highly positive, yet fully tried and tested, picture of the future of neighbourhood policing”
A key part of Littoralis’ strategy is to enable individual DISC systems to link together on a ‘peer-to-peer’ basis, to share crime-related current-awareness information such as news and information about local or regional criminal activity that impacts their members. It also includes Offender information, managed at local level by properly constituted crime reduction partnerships, shared between them through DISC in a manner compliant with the Data Protection Act.
DISC provides crime reduction partnerships with processes that effectively oblige compliance with the Data Protection Act - essential when sharing personal data about local offenders among their members for the purpose, for example, of running banning schemes. DISC goes a further step, enabling Administrators of different partnerships to access each other’s offender data – and this too is achieved within the restrictions imposed by the DPA.
With DISC well-established among business crime reduction partnerships, Littoralis is now running pilots across two Neighbourhood Watch Associations to improve communication among members and maximise their participation while helping the Associations to manage their membership efficiently and effectively. These pilot implementations can link with DISC-enabled local business crime reduction partnerships and with police using the DISC ‘Partnership Engagement Platform’.
Says Newman: “Our ambition is to create a locally-driven, flexible infrastructure for managing and preventing low-level crime and anti-social behaviour. I believe this is an important component of the future of policing in the UK”.
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