Leeds’ Crime Prevention network, BACIL (Business Against Crime in Leeds), has announced the winners of its 2016 awards presented to businesses who have helped keep the city safe and taken a proactive stance towards tackling crime. The awards were announced at a special awards dinner at the Leeds Marriott Hotel on Tuesday 4th October and raised a fantastic £2,500 for the St Vincent’s Support Centre who provide much valued support for vulnerable people in and around the city.
Racheal McGlynn of BACIL, who organised the event, comments: “This is the second year the awards have taken place and we had a fantastic response. We had over 230 attendees at the awards dinner and competition for the seven awards presented was tough. However, the following teams and individuals were judged the overall winners – praised for their commitment to reducing and reporting crime.
Best Day Time Security Team
Winner- Trinity Shopping Centre; Runner up - The Light
Best Night Time Security
Winner- Yates’s; Runner up- Fibre
Best National Chain Retailer
Winner- Boots; Runner up- Marks and Spencer
Best Independent Retailer
Winner- Accent; Runner up- Paw Prints
Best National Chain Bar
Winner- 02 Academy; Runner up- Yates’s
Best Independent Bar
Winner- Fibre; Runner up - Mojo
Outstanding Contribution to Leeds
Winner- Jon Hancock; Runner up- City Centre Liaison Officers
“We would like to say a huge ‘congratulations’ to all the winners and runners up. They do a fantastic job in helping BACIL and West Yorkshire Police keep the city of Leeds a safe place for people to work, shop and have fun. Crime figures in Leeds are down year on yearand that is, in part, down to businesses and organisations working together to alert others about incidents and known offenders operating in their area.
I would also like to add how delighted we are to raise such a fantastic sum of money for the St Vincent’s Support Centre. They are a fantastic charity that does so much great work in and around Leeds to help people escape the poverty trap.”
The award judges were: John Ebo, Head of City Centre Management - Leeds City Council; Inspector Andrew Berriman, West Yorkshire Police; Cath Arkle, Leeds District Licensing Officer – West Yorkshire Police; and Karen Butler, Head of Place Management & Delivery - Leeds Business Improvement District.