Reducing low-level crime and ASB in 300 UK towns and cities

  • DISC now in use across 300 towns and city-centres in the UK;
  • 50% growth in DISC ‘footprint’ in last year;
  • DISC App sees local DISC participation levels grow by up to 100%;
  • More DISC systems linking together to identify travelling offenders across counties, police force areas and regionally;
  • New crime reporting system: building closer links between DISC users and local police;
  • Key component of ‘Policing the Future’ model
  • Littoralis has announced spectacular growth for its flagship product, DISC, over the last 12 months.

With 145 implementations throughout the UK, the DISC online system for crime reduction partnerships now covers 300 individual towns and city-centres – an increase of exactly 50% over the same time last year.

Additionally, the launch of the DISC App just six months ago has seen participation levels in DISC systems grow by up to 100%. Across the country, the DISC system now engages with over 32,000 participating businesses from the very largest retail and leisure multiples to the smallest corner-shops and licenced premises.

According to Littoralis director Charlie Newman: “It’s been a good 12 months for DISC, not only in terms of individual implementations, but also in term of existing DISC systems extending their local footprints to cover multiple towns within and around their core areas.

“We only started counting the towns and city-centres covered by DISC in November last year when the total was 200; now it’s 300 – and rising. Using a single DISC system to cover multiple centres is now a tried and tested model and it’s gaining traction not only with business crime reduction partnerships and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), but with major shopping centre groups and police”.

The number of towns and city-centres currently benefiting from DISC may sound impressive, says Newman, but just as important is the degree to which individual businesses actually engage with their local crime reduction partnerships through DISC. “We have always focussed as much on maximising the participation of users as on sheer numbers, and here our new DISC App has had a major impact”.

The DISC App was made available to DISC users, at no extra charge, in July this year and its impact was immediate. Participation levels – measured by the number of logins per DISC user and the proportion of users regularly logging-in – has soared across some DISC implementations. “In many cases the number of log-ins increased by over 100% within a month of adopting the App” says Newman, “and the proportion of members who regularly participate in their local DISC-equipped partnership has grown substantially too”.

With DISC well-established among local crime reduction partnerships and BIDs, the system is now being adopted by the UK’s leading shopping centre operators – all the largest shopping malls in the London area, for example, now use DISC. A version of DISC has also been deployed in Neighbourhood Watch Associations to improve communication among members and to maximise their participation while helping the Associations to manage their membership efficiently.

And the company is currently running pilots in three English Football League clubs, trialling a version of DISC specifically designed for sports venues’ safety and security staff. DISC is being used not only to support each venue’s own local exclusion schemes but also to enable the efficient identification of individuals subject to statutory Football Banning Orders.

While DISC systems are each implemented at a local level, configured to match local needs and managed by local Administrators, each can be linked with others for the purpose of sharing data. This provides a regional or national infrastructure for managing and preventing low-level crime and anti-social behaviour not only across the country but engaging with a wide range of different types of partnerships.

Says Charlie Newman: “Our focus will always be implementing DISC at local level – that’s the essential foundation of everything else that may follow. But linking DISC systems together provides a platform for future policing not only locally but regionally and even nationally.

“Linking DISC systems into networks provides invaluable access to local, regional and national intelligence about low-level crime - plus the essential engagement platform for police to support local communities. We’re seeing more of this kind of interworking between police and DISC users – for example with DISC’s new direct-to-police crime reporting system which we launched in October”.

The future? Newman hopes that DISC will be able to offer an automated facial recognition system capable of matching images in one DISC implementation with those in any others. “We already provide a cross-DISC matching system which does not involve image recognition, but the likes of Google, Amazon and Microsoft have announced ‘artificial intelligence’ systems for matching facial images; it is our intention to harness those new tools to make them available in DISC – and at no extra charge to our customers.”