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Published Friday, 11 October 2013

A project designed to reduce assaults and criminal damage in betting shops has beed launched in Enfield.

BetWatch Enfield is an initiative launched by Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police aimed at reducing high levels of crime in the borough’s betting shops.

The authorities intervened following a rise in the number of crimes committed in betting offices, mainly assaults and criminal damage and sent letters to the headquarters of betting offices in the borough warning them of the levels of crime being committed on their premises and met senior managers to find the best way of working together to reduce crime in the shops.

As a result of the work done, crime has dropped in the borough’s betting offices and to maintain the trend BetWatch Enfield is being set up to ensure betting companies and statutory organisations including the police and council meet regularly to ensure the offices are safe places for punters to visit.

The aim of the quarterly meetings, is to share information such as common problems, or best practice, and possibly establishing an agreement that if someone is banned from one betting office, that person is banned from them all.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “We had a problem with rising crime levels in our betting shops and I’m delighted we managed to nip that increase in the bud. BetWatch Enfield is all about building on the successes we have had so far and working together to reduce crime in our betting offices and doing everything we can to make them as safe as possible for staff and punters.

“We’re looking forward to continuing the excellent work we are already doing with the police to reduce crime and disorder in Enfield, including tackling betting office crime and it is important that the companies which operate these premises play their part and help us create safer high streets in Enfield.”

Chief Inspector Sharon Harding: "We look forward to continuing to work with the betting offices and our partners to further reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the betting shops on the borough, making them a safer environment for users."

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