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‘Valuable and useful’ city centre Rangers celebrating second anniversary

Security patrols, known as the BID Rangers, are celebrating two years trying to improve city centre safety.

The scheme was launched in 2018 to reduce business crime and help make the city centre safer for workers, visitors and residents.

The Rangers are part of the Winchester Business Crime Reduction Partnership, an accredited umbrella organisation led by Winchester BID.

Jane Bastock, Business Crime Reduction Manager at Winchester BID, said: “We are exceptionally proud of the Winchester BID Rangers scheme, which continues to be extremely well received by the local business community two years on.”

The Rangers, provided by Venture Security, are working closely with Hampshire Constabulary, Winchester City Council and other organisation to reduce low level crime and anti-social behaviour.

During the first lockdown the Rangers kept watch on closed business premises, in addition to offering reassurance and assistance to businesses which were open and members of the public.

Kelly Venus, Vice Chair of Winchester Stopwatch and Manager at Pavilion, said: “The Rangers are a valuable and useful resource to businesses, attending and assisting with persistent shoplifters and anti-social behaviour in the city.

“Their presence assists in deterring criminal activity and provides reassurance to both businesses and members of the public.”

Sara How, general Manager at Venture Security said: “We are very pleased with the Winchester BID Rangers scheme and the impact it has had on the city for the benefit of businesses, residents and visitors alike:”

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