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Free Guides To Help Your Business Beat Crime March 19, 2009

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german police dog_small The Home Office and the Department for Business have published two complementary guides on how to tackle crimes against business.

One is for businesses, giving practical tips including how they can get themselves heard locally and identify organisations that can help them tackle crime.

Read the guidelines for businesses here.

The second guide is for business crime partnerships, with advice on how they can engage with business, influence local priorities and promote their partnerships.

Read the guide for business crime partnerships here.

These sit alongside guidance for Neighbourhood Police Teams on engaging with business at a local level, recently published by the National Police Improvement Agency. These have been published on the BERR website and the Home Office Crime Reduction site.

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Take Our Business Crime Survey March 6, 2009

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cop British Chambers of Commerce have been at the forefront of lobbying the Government on business crime. We base this work on the information we receive from you, our members.  Research by British Chambers showed that business crime was costing UK businesses £12.6 billion a year – a cost they can ill afford in the current economic climate.

We are now undertaking another business crime survey with Chambers of Commerce North West.  Your views are important, even if your business has not recently been a victim of crime. 

Take the survey here

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Chamber’s Taxi Safety Campaign Outranks Expectations March 4, 2009

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taxi Liverpool’s city centre is now safer than ever before thanks to a ground-breaking taxi marshalling scheme pioneered by the City Centre Crime Reduction Partnership, whose members include Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, Merseyside Police and Liverpool Council.

In November 2007, the scheme teamed up private security firm Impact Security Solutions to marshal the three busiest taxi ranks in Liverpool city centre, working to eradicate queue jumping and threatening behaviour. Initially a pilot proposal, the scheme has continued to run on into March and throughout 2008 at peak times. In some areas crime is reported to be down by as many as 68 incidents on last year as a result of the scheme.

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NW Fraud Forum January 29, 2009

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fraud_forumInterested parties are invited to the North West Fraud Forum:

“Fraud in the Credit Crunch”

Thursday, 12 February 2009
The Platinum Suite,
De Vere Whites Hotel,
Reebok Stadium,
Horwich, Bolton, Lancashire

The forum will cover such topics as:

  • Impacts on the North West Economy: Is the Region really affected?
  • Why invest to fight fraud?
  • Is the Public Sector Immune to Fraud?
  • Managing the Fraud Risk

The cost is only £69 including VAT and includes lunch.

To find out more details, please email Steve Jackson, Chair, North West Fraud Forum.

Altern 8 – Christmas Drink Campaign December 16, 2008

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waterThis year, the Chamber’s Evening Economy Manager, Joe Curran is involved in a new campaign to help revellers stay safe over the festive season. He said: “In addition to the DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE CAMPAIGN’ we have decided to roll out awareness to address alternating alcohol consumption.”

ALTERN – 8 invites people to drink water at regular intervals when out socialising, in addition it encourages consumers to eat healthy and regular meals especially when out throughout the festivities.

Thousands of key rings will be given out by four taxi companies, Mersey Cabs, Davy Liver Taxis, Blue Line and Penny Lane Taxis. Drivers will be encouraged to give passengers a key ring on the outgoing journey. The taxi telephone number and company name displayed on one side and on the reverse the ALTERN – 8 message

Joe continued: “Often when people are in high spirits they consume large amounts of alcohol which often results in them committing crime, being the victim of crime or indeed becoming ill or injured. We are not being kill joys, however we invite customers to be more responsible and healthy whilst still having a good time. Drinking water in between consuming alcohol and ensuring that they eat regularly can enhance them being in control.”

Peter Jones Head of the Chamber’s Business Crime Direct team said: “Liverpool is a city that likes to celebrate and we want both residents and visitors to enjoy the whole of the city as we have so much to offer. However we also want people to be safe and responsible, we are currently proud of our achievements and one alcohol driven injury, accident or crime is one too much, we urge revellers to drink water at regular intervals and consume alcohol responsibly.”

Keep Your IT System Free Of Wreckers And Fraudsters October 21, 2008

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Business Crime Direct at Liverpool Chamber is taking a lead in the fight against cyber crime.

The organisation is holding a conference and exhibition to raise business awareness of cyber crime and demonstrate how to manage the risks.

The conference and lunch is free of charge and Liverpool companies are being invited to attend to find out how to best safeguard their business. The event is being held at the BT Convention Centre from 2:00pm on Wednesday 29th October.

Detective Sergeant Geoff Conway from Merseyside Police’s High Tech Crime Unit will talk on IT security. Eminent national figures Mike Wyeth, Littlewoods Shop Direct national head of security and Merseyside head of Crime Stoppers, and D.I. Roy West from the City of London Police, will reveal how they have become partners and developed new tactics to tackle organised “boiler room” gangs.

The speakers, who all have extensive police experience at a national level, will cover all aspects of internet crime, from basic information on the activities of petty e-criminals, to in-depth information on how to catch out sophisticated e-fraudsters.

D.I Roy West, who heads up London’s cheque and credit card crime unit and will give a presentation featuring dramatic slides of Internet fraudsters taking possession of goods in “controlled delivery” operations. Gangs, many from West Africa are said run a call centre type operation, with fraudsters seated in rows in front of banks of computers, working away with e-mail addresses and bank details provided by supervisors.

Side by side with the conference, local firms providing solutions to IT crime will exhibit their products and explain them, and the costs, to interested businesses.

Business Crime Direct has been helping Merseyside businesses keep ahead of conventional robbers, thieves and burglars for eight years now. But increasingly they have found businesses worried about a different kind of menace.

The battle to keep IT systems from collapsing under the weight of spam, viruses and phishing attempts is of paramount importance to all businesses.

Peter Jones, Manager of BCD explained, “I remember going to visit a small shop selling expensive food supplements for body builders. The owner told me that selling over the Internet gave him a massive opportunity to expand. But he was repeatedly coming up against determined criminals using stolen credit cards or cards obtained in false identities.”

“This event will galvanise the Merseyside business community and make companies aware of the potential risks that internet crime presents to their business.”

To reserve a place, please contact Sue or Melissa on 0151 227 1234 or email events@liverpoolchamber.org.uk.

Mornings Are Rubbish… September 23, 2008

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Afternoons bring peace of mind!

Come along to our FREE combined Trade Waste / Computer Security event at BT Convention Centre, Liverpool on 29 October 2008

We listened and you told us that trade waste and computer security are two issues you are concerned about.  So on Wednesday 29 October 2008 we are organising a double event at the BT Convention Centre on the Kings Dock.

The morning session will tell you everything you need to know about waste and recycling with presentations from the Environment Agency and others and case studies of firms who have mastered the art of reducing the cost of waste and saving our environment.

09.00    Registration

10.00    Welcome and introduction by Chair of morning session
Jack Stopforth, Chief Executive, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce

10.05    Climate Change and Year of the Environment
Councillor Berni Turner, Executive Member for the Environment, Liverpool City Council

10.20    The North West Development Agency and the Environment Agency
The regional and national perspectives on business waste.

Questions and Answers

11.00 Coffee and Exhibition

11.30    Groundwork Merseyside (Enworks), Envirolink, Knowsley Business Environment Club and Encams
All the local help and advice you need to help the environment and make a profit.

Questions and Answers

12.45 Lunch and Exhibition.

In the afternoon, Merseyside Police High Tech Computer Crime Team, the City of London Fraud Squad, and Littlewoods Shop Direct should help keep your computers clean from nasty viruses and give you some tips on trading on the Internet.

14.00  High Tech Crime
Chaired by Steve Jackson,  North West Fraud Forum

14.15  Computer Security
Detective Sergeant Geoff Conway, Merseyside Police,
High Technology Crime Unit.

14.45 Coffee and Exhibition.

15.30 Fraud on the Internet
Detective Inspector Roy West, City of London Police,
Mike Wyeth, Head of Security, Littlewoods Shop Direct .

Questions and Answers.

16.00 Visit exhibitors.

17.00 Finish.

Throughout the day Merseyside recycling companies and computer specialists will exhibit their products in the exhibition area, which is also where you will find your free coffee and lunch. You will be able to speak to firms that recycle everything from your food waste to your paper to your old computers. Plus all the specialists who can keep your IT secure.

If you want the chance to exhibit your company at the conference, get in touch with Sue or Melissa on 0151 227 1234.

To book your place at this FREE event please email your name and company details to events@liverpoolchamber.org.uk

Take Part In Our Virtual Grand National August 18, 2008

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Merseyside Crimestoppers is hosting a  Virtual Grand National on Thursday 23 October 2008

Last year, Merseyside Crimestoppers, held a hugely successful and enjoyable dinner and raised £8,000 for the charity. This year its aiming for an even bigger and better event.

Peter Jones, Head of Business Crime Direct at Liverpool Chamber commented: “We have sponsorship from Ladbrokes, William Hill and Bet Fred. This means we can bring you the Virtual Grand National from the industry’s top professionals.

“As a special part of the evening there will be a special prize for the best dressed race-goer, so come on girls get your posh hat out and boys give your tails and top hat an airing. You never know you could get the prize.”

The event will be held at the Liner Hotel in Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool on Thursday 23rd October and also will feature a hot buffet and our special guest performer is ‘Stars in Their Eyes Winner’ Paul McCoy covering the Rat Pack numbers and up-tempo tracks.  Seats will be £45 each or £400 for a table of ten.

We would like to invite you to sponsor one of our races on the card; there is also the opportunity to be the owner of a horse in each race. The sponsor will have the race named after themselves or a loved one; this will be published in the race card. The owner of the winning horse will receive £25.00. Sponsorship of a race £75.00 ownership of a horse £5.00. It all promises to be great fun.

If you would like to sponsor any part of the event, including the donation of a raffle prize, we would be most grateful. For more information, speak to Peter Jones on 0151 227 1234 or email him on peter.jones@liverpoolchamber.org.uk.

Join The Big Drink Debate August 11, 2008

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Liverpool Chamber of Commerce’s Pub Watch Manager Joe Curran met with health minister Alan Johnson recently when  MP visited Liverpool.

The pair discussed some of the major issues facing Liverpool’s licensees at present, including the difficulties being created for them through the sale of excessively cheap alcohol by supermarkets. Liverpool Chamber’s Business Crime Drirect Team are promoting responsible retailing of alcohol throughout the city.

Liverpool John Moores University are conducting research on behalf of the NHS into attitudes around alcohol consumption in the north west . Join the big drink debate and have your say at www.bigdrinkdebate.com

Interested In Fiddling The Petty Cash? July 28, 2008

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North West Fraud Forum

Through a unique public and private sector partnership the aim of the North West Fraud Forum is to combat fraud by raising awareness in the region.

Membership of this not-for-profit organisation is open to any business, organisation or individual and currently includes Government agencies, fraud practitioners and potential victims of fraud. The Forum provides the opportunity to share experience and best practice and holds a series of events, free-of-charge to members, where industry experts impart their knowledge and advice.

Anyone is encouraged to visit the Forum’s website where we publish news, details of scams and prevention tips to promote fraud awareness. Access to the website is at: http://www.northwestfraudforum.co.uk