Welcome to the Worthing Shopwatch Website

The Worthing Shopwatch Business Crime Partnership  is a 'not for profit' organisation funded by the Worthing Business Improvement District CIC Ltd and managed by the Worthing Town Centre Initiative CIC Ltd.

Who we are

Worthing Shopwatch is a Crime Reduction Partnership operating Shopwatch and in partnership with Pubwatch benefitting local retailers, licensed premises and the public of Worthing. Our goal is to achieve a safer environment for the whole community in which to live, work and socialise.

What we do

  • Improve safety and security in public places and the retail environment.
  • Worthing Shopwatch provides a townlink radio network connecting members to each other, local police and CCTV.
  • Worthing Shopwatch collates and shares information, delivering a monthly a 'Intelligence report' that identifies and warns members about active offenders and their criminality, which affects quality of life and damages local enterprise. 
  • Worthing Shopwatch excludes target offenders from all member premises including shops, libraries and places of entertainment.

Partners 

  • Sussex Police
  • Adur & Worthing Communities and Wellbeing team
  • Association of Business Crime Partnerships
  • Individual members

Benefits

  • Radio's connect members to each other and provide reassurance to vulnerable or lone workers. 
  • Radio's provide a direct link with our police and PCSO's..
  • We engage collectively with police, local authorities and other agencies
  • Be alert to threats 
  • Share information
  • Develop and use intelligence
  • Be part of a supportive community
  • Improve safety and security for the whole of Worthing Town Centre
  • By sharing photographs and Intelligence traders and 'service providers' warn each other of pending trouble when shoplifters, drunks or persons known for anti-social behaviour are active.
  • Information that includes photographs of suspects, current offenders and excluded individuals is available 24/7 via the members area of our website.

Membership Subscription 

Membership of Worthing Shopwatch is free of charge for BID levy payers and businesses within the BID Boundary.

To join the scheme call 01903 203252 or email Steve@worthingtowncentre.co.uk

Data Protection Privacy Statement. 02/17

This statement confirms the commitment of Worthing Shopwatch Business Crime Partnership to protect your privacy and to process your personal information in a manner which meets the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘the Act’).

Who we are and what we do

  • Worthing Shopwatch is a Crime Reduction Partnership. A membership organisation established to assist members to respond in a coordinated manner to crime that affects their businesses, profitability, staff, customers and the local community.  By working together, sharing information about crime and those committing it, the partnership provides greater protection for both its members and the local community
  • We are registered with the information commissioner for the purpose of ‘the prevention and detection of crime and the prosecution of offenders’.

What personal information we may process

The information we collect may include:

  • Names, addresses, occupations, images, descriptions, aliases, associates, vehicles and convictions.
  • Contact information
  • Occupation and company details

We may use this information for the following reasons:

  • the prevention and detection of crime and the prosecution of offenders who are, or are suspected of being involved in business crime, anti-social behaviour or other criminal activity that impacts on our members or the local community.
  • To manage membership and payment details.
  • To send you information which we think may be of value or interest or to improve our member services
  • We may monitor or record any communication between you and this partnership for quality control and training purposes.

How we may use this information operationally

  • We examine data and decide whether it is capable of being used to detect, prevent or reduce crime which is committed in our area of operation or elsewhere. Where this data is assessed as being relevant to our purpose, as defined in (a) above, we may make it available to our members and the Police through electronic or other meansWhere there is evidence that offenders are operating over a wider region, we may share that information with other Crime Reduction Partnerships and the police.
  • We may communicate data to the police or other public agencies where it is relevant to do so for the purposes of the prevention and detection of crime and the prosecution of offenders, or for other reasons relating to the public objectives of those organisations.
  • Where a person has been notified that they have been excluded from the premises of our members for criminal or anti-social behaviour, we will endeavour to serve a copy of the notice on the excludee personally or by post. When this is not practicable and they become aware of their exclusion by virtue of being denied access to members premises a copy of the notice will be provided to them on request.
  • We will only communicate information from members, victims or witnesses to third parties with their agreement.

Security

  • The partnership has appropriate technical and organisational measures in place to prevent the unauthorised or unlawful processing of your personal information and accidental loss or destruction of or damage to your personal information.
  • Retention of personal information
    We will not keep your personal information for longer than is necessary for our purposes.

Your rights to access your personal information:
You are entitled, pursuant to the Act, to ask for a copy of your personal information, for which we will charge a £10 fee, and to have any inaccuracies in your information corrected.  Disclosure will only be permitted in accordance with the Act to persons who have provided identification.

  • Where we hold data for which we are not the data controller we will not release that data
  • Where data relates to other persons we will not release that data unless an application is received from that person.
  • We may not release data which we assess as confidential and which may either interfere with a criminal investigation or which may assist persons committing crime.
  • Should you wish to access your information or have any other enquiries about data protection please use the ‘Contact us’ information on our website.

Links to other websites                                                                                                             

Frome time to time there may be hyperlinks within this website which will take you away from the Worthing Shopwatch website. The linked sites are not under the control of Worthing Shopwatch and we are not responsible for the content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites.  Worthing Shopwatch may provide such links to you only as a convenience and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Worthing Shopwatch of these sites.

Disclaimer                                                                                                                                 

Worthing Shopwatch seeks to ensure that all information on this website is accurate However, Worthing Shopwatch and its employees cannot accept any responsibility or liability for any claim, loss or damage whatsoever from the use of any information within, or accessed through, this website.

Any information provided to members may only be used for the purposes of prevention and detection of crime and the prosecution of offenders.

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