Warwickshire Business Watch has been created in partnership between the Warwickshire County Council Community Safety and Substance Misuse Team, the Police and Crime Commissioner and Warwickshire Police. It’s main aim is to provide information and advice to businesses, helping them to protect themselves from becoming victims of crime.
It has a dedicated website managed by the Business Crime Advisor, a Police Crime Prevention Design Advisor and two Police Volunteers. Through this businesses can access business and cyber advice, links to other groups who provide support including Trading Standards, the Safe in Warwickshire team and Action Fraud, and also the details of the team behind Business Watch and their contact details.
As well as holding free and impartial advice for businesses, the website offers the option to sign up to the free Warwickshire Business Watch alert scheme, similar to that of Warwickshire Rural Watch, to receive alerts on all information of relevance on the topics of business and cyber crime. The alerts will be used to notify businesses of crimes that could potentially affect them in their area, information on cyber threats but also general advice on staying safe online.
If you’d like more information on Warwickshire Business Watch please contact Alex Williams, the Business Crime Advisor, on 07920 814897.
Introducing Alex Williams
Our Business Crime Advisor Alex Williams has been in post since September 2015 and has been helping businesses of all sizes, as well as working with groups such as the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub and other smaller networking groups. His work includes the delivery of training sessions to groups of small and medium-sized businesses on a range of topics including fraud and cyber crime prevention.
Along with a police support volunteer, Alex runs Warwickshire Business Watch, which consists of a website, the police Community Messaging System, Warwickshire County Council’s ‘Keep Me Posted Alerts’ and a dedicated Twitter account.
In addition to face-to-face training, Alex also runs online crime prevention sessions, meaning businesses can learn to protect themselves without having to leave the workplace.