I have recently joined Warwickshire County Council as part of their Community Safety and Substance Misuse Team as a Business Crime Advisor. I studied Criminology at Birmingham City University and graduated in 2013 with a First and Honours. I studied a variety of modules including Crime Prevention, Advanced Crime Analysis, Applied Criminology and Transnational Corporate and Organised Crime. I am looking forward to serving the business community on behalf of Warwickshire County Council and I will look to empower businesses by identifying the benefits of increasing security not just physically but also online through the use of Cyber Essentials.
Working closely with the Police Crime Prevention Design Advisor and colleagues from Trading Standards across the County, I will not only work with groups of businesses through the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub, Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Small Businesses to name but a few, but I will also visit repeat victims to look at ways to minimise their vulnerability. My role involves updating Business Watch which will work in a similar way to Rural Watch providing a central point of contact for issues surrounding business crime. The aim is for Business Watch is to act as a vehicle for communication between businesses relating to crimes in the area or even tips on staying safe online.
I am employed by Warwickshire Police as a ‘Crime Prevention Design Advisor’; I carried out my time as a serving police officer but was re-employed, on retirement, in my current role due to my experience. I cover the whole of North Warwickshire. I have completed Home Office courses in crime prevention and designing out crime. I carry out crime prevention projects working very closely with the rural and business crime coordinators and local police officers. I support with Business Watch, working with 2 Police Volunteers and the Business Crime Advisor in the growth and development of the scheme. I also liaise with planning departments, architects and developers to design out crime development sites so they do not become crime hot spots such as those built in the late 70’s and early 80’s.
Martyn Stephens Project Manager
I am employed by Warwickshire County Council as part of their Community Safety and Substance Misuse Team and I am based in a multi-agency Harm Hub in Warwickshire Justice Centre in Nuneaton. I was a Detective Sergeant with Warwickshire Police completing 30 years’ service in 2010. I was the Crime Reduction Manager for the force and have Home Office qualifications in Crime Prevention and Designing out Crime as well as qualifications with the Jill Dando Institute UCL for Crime Prevention and Community Safety. Since 2010 I have worked for WCC using the skill and knowledge of crime reduction to deliver projects in the community to reduce crime and the fear of crime in partnership with other agencies. The Rural Crime project is the biggest project to date.