The Warwickshire Retail Crime Initiative Limited (WRCI is a county wide Partnership approach to prevent and reduce crime and
anti-social behaviour in retail and licensed business premises in Warwickshire.
There are retail schemes at Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth, Rugby, Nuneaton, Bedworth and Atherstone. There are Pub Watch
schemes at Leamington, Rugby and Nuneaton.
The purpose of the scheme is to assist in the management of offenders who have or may commit crime and disorder in member premises.
The scheme members identify and are then provided with target packages of offenders who satisfy the criteria for inclusion.
Licensed premises and shops also identify individuals who they wished to be barred from member premises.
The target packages are also available via a secure online sytem.
Members using the online system can also use this to submit incident reports and recive alerts about crime incidents.
This process is managed by two adminstrators employed by WRCI Ltd. but housed by Warwickshire Police at the Justice Centre in Leamington.
They operate under a set of data sharing protocols agreed with Warwickshire Police.
Members hire or own radios which allows them to communicate with each other, the Police, Rangers and CCTV Control Rooms.
The day time scheme for retail members ensures that prolific offenders are identified to all members and allows for early identification
of them which results in the prevention or disruption of further offending in member stores. Persistent offenders are banned from member stores.
The night time scheme with its barring process puts in place a strong control mechanism round member premises and town centres to
prevent and reduce violent crime and disorderly behaviour. Persistent offenders are banned from member premises.
The day to day operation of these schemes is a partnership process between the members, WRCI Limited, Warwickshire Police,
CCTV, local radio schemes BID schemes and local Community Safety Partnerships. There is a liaison process with schemes in
neighbouring counties to monitor travelling criminals.
The scheme is self-funding from the membership.