Retailers get Government Grants for Security
Small retailers can now apply for government grants to improve the security of their premises, following the launch of a Government campaign to tackle crime against small businesses.
The £5 million fund has been launched as part of the Government’s Retail Crime Action Plan (RCAP). Individual grants of up to £3,000 are available to enable small retail businesses to buy security devices such as burglar alarms, security grills, UV markers to detect counterfeit bank notes and dye packs to mark valuable goods.
Partnerships of small retailers can also bid for collective grants of up to £50,000 to help pay for equipment such as lighting or landscaping, which the Government hopes will help improve neighbourhood security and reduce the risk of crime.
Funding is available to firms located in any of the Government’s 50 priority crime reduction areas around the UK. To check which areas are eligible, see the press release on the Home Office website.
“Small businesses play a vital role in our communities and I am determined to ensure that small businesses are not taken advantage of during these hard economic times, by providing real support where it is most needed,”
said Home Office minister, Alan Campbell.
“The Government is committed to working with industry and police to tackle the crimes that affect them such as shoplifting, anti-social behaviour and robbery, particularly during this economic downturn, where certain crimes will face upward pressure,” he added.
Federation of Small Businesses chairman, John Wright, said:
“Our research shows crimes against businesses cost small firms around £13,500 each year on average and the disruption and damage they cause must be taken seriously. We encourage all small businesses that are eligible to take up this support so that they can continue to grow and thrive.”
The Home Office has also launched a free online assessment tool, to help businesses identify any potential security weaknesses. Users are required to answer a series of questions, which take around 15 minutes to complete, and will then receive targeted advice on crime prevention techniques.