Police tackling crime in partnership with betting shops
The Association of British Bookmakers says that betting shops' partnership with local police forces has lead to a safer community.
While there are difficult decisions for the police to make, one of the key ways to tackle and solve crime is to work in partnership with other bodies, from councils to trade associations.
In the case of betting shops, we have been running major campaigns with police forces across the country, most recently with Merseyside Police on the “Robbery, Odds On You’ll Get Caught” campaign.
This has highlighted how betting shops do not hold lots of cash, and that the CCTV cameras will ensure anyone who does commit an offence in a shop will be caught.
This is backed up by having regular meetings between operators and police forces to share information and ensure the police receive the intelligence they need.
It has proved to be an effective example of co-operation and as a result, betting shops now suffer among the lowest level of crimes compared to other high street retailers.