Partnership to reduce car park crime

Sutton Council, NCP Services and the Metropolitan Police have signed up to a groundbreaking partnership agreement to work together on reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.
The new scheme, called Partnership Plus, means parking attendants will share information out on the street and report back to the council when they see incidents of graffiti, vandalism, abandoned vehicles and on health and safety issues in car parks and recycling centres.

They will be given special training in recognising certain situations of interest to the police and lines of communication will be established to help them pass on useful information.

The scheme will mean Sutton's parking attendants, managed by NCP on behalf of Sutton Parking Services, will become a new set of 'eyes and ears' for the council and the police.

Partnership Plus in Sutton is one of a growing number of service level agreements being set up by partners across the country which are proving very effective in making communities safer.

Sutton Police will provide increased support to parking attendants to help reduce the level of assaults and intimidation they suffer at work.

They will investigate all assaults or abuse of parking attendants and where appropriate the offenders will be prosecuted.

Parking attendants will be encouraged by NCP Services to report crime and disorder while carrying out their duties in Sutton, and share the information with the police.

They will assist police with their operations when there is a need to enforce against illegally parked vehicles.

Graham Tope, Sutton Council's lead member for community safety, said: "Partnership Plus is another example of our good partnership working with NCP Services and the police".

Nigel Coltman, head of operations for NCP Services, added: "We already have terrific support from the police in Sutton - but this agreement specifies several useful ways we can help each other.

"It will help us to further reduce the level of assaults and abuse our parking wardens receive while carrying out their duties.

"We hope that we will be able to give something back to the police by providing more formal support in terms of observing and recording street crime and disorder."
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