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Double Awards For Business Crime Direct Manager March 17, 2008

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peter-wins.jpgLast week’s Action Against Business Crime Conference held at Nottingham’s East Midlands Conference Centre saw Business Crime Direct‘s General Manager Peter Jones receive two awards.

The first was for the excellent work done by BCD in Liverpool City Centre through their Liverpool Crime Alert project. He is seen here receiving the award from the Lord Dear, Chairman of AABC.

Later in the proceeding Peter received an outstanding achievement award for his work in the crime reduction field over the past 10 years.

Peter said, “I was both astonished and delighted to receive the award. It came completely out of the blue and I’m really chuffed to have received it. However, my work has relied heavily on my team of people and I dedicate this award to them as a thank you for their dedication and for all their help over the years.”

Ich bin Polizeibeamter! March 11, 2008

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German Police DogAchtung, ne’er do wells!

Liverpool police and security / loss management staff are responding to Liverpool’s increasingly international population by becoming multilingual.

Business Crime Direct, based at Liverpool Chamber, are providing a booklet of translation cards to city centre police, street crime wardens as well as loss prevention & security staff in the retail, hotel and commercial worlds.

trans-cards-image1.jpgThe cards feature phrases that such professionals may need to use, such as how to identify themselves as police / security, reason for stopping someone, asking for name and address and reading someone their rights. Even if the translated text is difficult for non-speakers to pronounce, or is in non-Roman script, the relevant passages can be shown to the suspects. Languages include French, Italian, Iranian, Chinese, Latvian and Turkish.

It is hoped that by breaking down communication barriers, potentially problematic situations can be more easily dealt with.

Let’s hope not too many people have to hear the words ‘Esta preso’ around the city in the future!

Fraud Warning From Merseyside Police January 10, 2008

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 Liverpool Chamber’s Business Crime Direct Team has received the following information from Merseyside Police.

Merseyside Police LogoA new twist on the Advance Fee Fraud has come to light recently. Crime gangs are targeting foreign nationals in their own countries and offering them the opportunity to work and live in the UK. For a payment of anywhere between five hundred and eight hundred pounds they are offered a well paid job, education for their children and accommodation.

The problem is that the companies that are named have no knowledge of any job offers until the unfortunate victims make contact. Obviously this can cause a lot of confusion and difficulty for all of those concerned, except of course the fraudsters.

The perpetrators of this fraud generally will use the names of high profile companies, in one instance an international hotel company was targeted. They will use forged paperwork to give the scam an air of authenticity.

There is unfortunately very little that any company can do to prevent their name being used in this way. Being made aware of the situation can be helpful in forewarning companies of the possibility of such and occurrence.

It would be helpful if any company that has been scammed in this way would make contact with us at Fcou.fraud.wing@merseyside.police.uk

Merseyside Police F.C.O.U. Criminal Enterprise Team (fraud)
222 Mather Avenue
Liverpool L18 9TG
Telephone 0151 777 3255.
Fax 0151 777 3256
E-mail: Fcou.fraud.wing@merseyside.police.uk