Tap to Donate
In just the last year the BID’s Tap to Donate machines, which are situated close to the entrance to centre:mk, have raised an incredible £20,000 which will go towards supporting our city’s homeless population. The machines are easy for the public to use and allow them to simply tap their card on the reader to instantly donate. Completely contactless, it takes no details and doesn’t require shoppers to carry any spare change. This initiative is designed to help shoppers be considerate towards the plight of the homeless, helping them without necessarily needing to seek them out to offer physical, monetary aid.
Other ways we are making our city safe
The BID has funded an additional Thames Valley Police Officer to exclusively patrol the BID area and tackle anti-social behaviour.
2,000 hours of patrolling, police presence
94 verbal warnings issued to professional beggars
Tackling anti-social behaviour
Five Community Protection Notice breaches served.
Business Crime Partnership
The Business Crime Partnership (BCP) has been launched to bring businesses together so they can share information about potential offenders in a safe space.
50 members are currently signed up to BCP
100 banned or unwanted individuals currently on the system
Key driver of Barwatch in the area
Uses the DISC online management tool