A NEW Business Watch scheme launched to combat crime and anti-social behaviour in Northfield has become the biggest in Birmingham after 62 traders signed up.
West Midlands Police teamed up with the Northfield Business Improvement District (BID) to foster community spirit and co-operation in the area.
Each business signed up to the scheme received posters to show their membership and to provide access to information on recent and current shoplifters and other criminals.
It is designed to make catching the culprits easier and deterring them from carrying out their antics in the town.
Sgt Dave Taylor, who leads the Northfield neighbourhood policing team, said everyone was aiming to make the area a safer place to live, work and visit.
“We are really pleased businesses are supporting the scheme and we hope to sign up more.”
The team works with colleagues in Weoley Castle to cover the town centre and outskirts and keeps in touch with business owners through the WMNow alerts system.
Other businesses in Northfield can email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the scheme.