East of England Co-operative has launched a new business to provide security services to other enterprises.
The new national service, Secure Response Services, builds on the retailer’s experience in reducing crime across its own estate of 200 outlets.
Service chief Lee Hammond said: “Everyone has the right to live, shop and work in a safe environment.
“We’ve invested heavily in our security department to tackle theft and anti-social behaviour in our stores – and by working in partnership with local communities, police forces, councils and really taking a stand for what we believe in, we hope to make our local towns and villages safe places to be and protect people’s livelihoods.”
Last year, East of England opened a state-of-the-art Alarm Receiving Centre, which allowed its team to remotely monitor more than 3,000 CCTV cameras and intruder alarms.
The Secure Response Services team provides 24/7 tailor-made support for all security needs, including guarding and CCTV, physical security and consultation services. A dedicated investigations team of interviewers with experience in identifying crime and misconduct is available for support.
Mr Hammond added: “Our clients not only have access to a top-class security provision, but also benefit from the co-operative ethos.
“The East of England Co-operative is well respected in our region and across the country, with the Reducing the Strength model being introduced across the country to reduce anti-social behaviour.”
As well as working with corporate clients, East of England is working closely with local churches and agricultural businesses to tackle crime in local communities.